History Film / Gettysburg

13th Nov '16 12:58:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* ColonelBadass: (Lieutenant) Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. The {{Badass}} comes out when he thinks he's been shot (the shot really bounced off his sword, but it clearly left him in shock and he has a limp for the rest of the movie). As they're dragging him back he sits up and shoots a charging man with his revolver. Just... wow. The historical Chamberlain was also a badass in that he was wounded six times during the war and survived in an era when just one was usually enough to kill you. He started the war as a college professor, not an army officer. Which also qualifies him for BadassBookworm. He later became Governor of Maine and Ambassador to France.

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* ColonelBadass: (Lieutenant) Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. The {{Badass}} badass comes out when he thinks he's been shot (the shot really bounced off his sword, but it clearly left him in shock and he has a limp for the rest of the movie). As they're dragging him back he sits up and shoots a charging man with his revolver. Just... wow. The historical Chamberlain was also a badass in that he was wounded six times during the war and survived in an era when just one was usually enough to kill you. He started the war as a college professor, not an army officer. Which also qualifies him for BadassBookworm. He later became Governor of Maine and Ambassador to France.
23rd Oct '16 3:04:02 PM Ohio9
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* {{Determinator}}: Shortly before the battle, Chamberlin is told he cannot give up his position on Little Round top under any circumstances. Chamberlin follows these orders to the letter, even when his officers suggest their situation is looking insurmountable.
23rd Oct '16 2:56:57 PM Ohio9
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Confederate General James Kemper is wounded at Pickett's charge, but his ultimate fate is not mentioned in the ending. Furthermore, Kemper says the doctors have told him his wound is fatal, implying that he died at Gettysburg. In real life, Kemper survived his wounds and the war, going on to become governor of Virginia in 1874.
23rd Oct '16 2:53:08 PM Ohio9
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* DemotedToExtra: While Robert Lee gets plenty of dialog and screen time, General George Meade, the overall commander of Union forces in the battle, is limited to just one short scene in the whole film.
23rd Oct '16 2:44:02 PM Ohio9
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** In the film (and in real life), Confederate General Lewis Armistead was mortally wounded during Pickett's Charge and died shortly after the battle. Armistead was played by actor Richard Jordan, who was suffering from cancer at the time and died shortly after the movie was released.

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** In the film (and in real life), Actor Richard Jordan plays Confederate General Lewis Armistead was Armistead, who is mortally wounded during Pickett's Charge charge and died dies shortly after the battle. Armistead was played by actor Richard Jordan, who battle. Jordan was suffering the from cancer at the time time, and he died shortly after the movie was released.
23rd Oct '16 2:41:28 PM Ohio9
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** In the film (and in real life), Confederate General Lewis Armistead is mortally wounded during Pickett's Charge and dies shortly after the battle. Armistead was played by actor Richard Jordan, who was suffering from cancer at the time and died shortly after the movie was released.

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** In the film (and in real life), Confederate General Lewis Armistead is was mortally wounded during Pickett's Charge and dies died shortly after the battle. Armistead was played by actor Richard Jordan, who was suffering from cancer at the time and died shortly after the movie was released.
23rd Oct '16 2:40:35 PM Ohio9
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* {{Irony}}: Early in the movie Buford rages quietly to his subordinate that Meade will move too slow to take the hills, requiring a desperate charge across open ground in an attempt to dislodge the rebels. He goes on that he [[TheCassandra can see it]] "clear as day" that it would surely fail and with high casualties and there would be nothing he could do about it except "help it fail". This happens exactly as he predicts. Except it happens to the ''Confederates'' as a direct result of Buford acting quickly to change the starting conditions and prevent it. Also, General Meade moved his troops faster than anyone expected, which was why Lee was surprised to find the Army of the Potomac so close.

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Early in the movie Buford rages quietly to his subordinate that Meade will move too slow to take the hills, requiring a desperate charge across open ground in an attempt to dislodge the rebels. He goes on that he [[TheCassandra can see it]] "clear as day" that it would surely fail and with high casualties and there would be nothing he could do about it except "help it fail". This happens exactly as he predicts. Except it happens to the ''Confederates'' as a direct result of Buford acting quickly to change the starting conditions and prevent it. Also, General Meade moved his troops faster than anyone expected, which was why Lee was surprised to find the Army of the Potomac so close.
** In the film (and in real life), Confederate General Lewis Armistead is mortally wounded during Pickett's Charge and dies shortly after the battle. Armistead was played by actor Richard Jordan, who was suffering from cancer at the time and died shortly after the movie was released.
8th Oct '16 2:58:25 PM Bissek
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** Years earlier, then-Captain Lewis Armistead's wife and children had died of scarlet fever. The broken-hearted and nearly-suicidal Armistead was taken in by his best friend, then-Captain Winfield Hancock, and his wife and kids. The Hancocks became the surrogate family of Armistead, and he loved them all as his own. When Armistead and Hancock referred to eachother as brothers, they were not exaggerating.

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** Years earlier, then-Captain Lewis Armistead's wife and children had died of scarlet fever. The broken-hearted and nearly-suicidal Armistead was taken in by his best friend, then-Captain Winfield Hancock, and his wife and kids. The Hancocks became the surrogate family of Armistead, and he loved them all as his own. When Armistead and Hancock referred to eachother each other as brothers, they were not exaggerating.
8th Oct '16 2:56:48 PM Bissek
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* TheCavalry: On the first day, Reynold's I Corps shows up to save Buford's division (ironically the actual cavalry)

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* TheCavalry: On the first day, Reynold's I Corps shows up to save Buford's division (ironically (ironically, Buford's unit was the actual cavalry)cavalry, while the relieving units were ''infantry'')
28th Sep '16 8:38:33 AM Ohio9
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* FrontlineGeneral: Lee warns General Longstreet against his habit of going too far forward, as he's already lost a number of his generals (particularly Stonewall) to this trope and he feels he cannot spare Longstreet.

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Lee warns General Longstreet against his habit of going too far forward, as he's already lost a number of his generals (particularly Stonewall) to this trope and he feels he cannot spare Longstreet.Longstreet.
** Both sides had generals who were killed in action during this battle, most notably general John Reynolds of the Union and Lewis Armistead of the Confederacy.
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