History Film / Gettysburg

6th Jan '16 7:07:23 AM andersonh1
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* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: Armistead, to Fremantle before Pickett's Charge.
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* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: Armistead, to Fremantle Freemantle before Pickett's Charge.charge. --> '''Armistead''': Colonel Freemantle... it does not begin or end with my uncle... or myself. We're all sons of Virginia here. That major out there, commanding the cannon... that's James Dearing. First in his class at West Point, before Virgina seceded. And the boy over there with the color guard, that's Private Robert Tyler Jones. His grandfather was President of the United States. The colonel behind me... that's Colonel William Aylett. Now, his great-grandfather was the Virginian, Patrick Henry. It was Patrick Henry who said to your King George III, "Give me liberty, or give me death." There are boys here from Norfolk... Portsmouth... small hamlets along the James River. From Charlottesville and Fredericksburg... and the Shenondoah Valley. Mostly, they're all veteran soldiers now; the cowards and shirkers are long gone. Every man here knows his duty. They would make this charge, even without an officer to lead them. They know the gravity of the situation, and the mettle of their foe. They know that this day's work will be desperate and deadly. They know, that for many of them, this will be their last charge. But not one of them needs to be told what is expected of him. They're all willing to make the supreme sacrifice... to achieve victory, here... the crowning victory... and the end of this war. We are all here, Colonel. You may tell them, when you return to your country... that all Virginia was here on this day.''
6th Jan '16 6:58:09 AM andersonh1
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* SoundtrackDissonance: "Fife and Gun," a catchy and energetic theme played over scenes of men being slaughtered by rifle and cannon fire.
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* SoundtrackDissonance: "Fife and Gun," a catchy and energetic theme played over scenes of men being slaughtered by rifle and cannon fire. It's actually the tune the Union band was playing as the infantry marched towards the battle on the first day, and the soundtrack picks up the tune and amplifies it.
1st Jan '16 4:32:12 PM poi99
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Natter.
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: What the political correctness police don't tell you is not every Confederate soldier fought for slavery. Only 1/3 of the South owned slaves. A Confederate prisoner of war said he wasn't fighting for [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain "darkies"]] but for his own rights and his state. Most of the Confederate Army were fighting for their state.
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* MyCountryRightOrWrong: What the political correctness police don't tell you is not every Confederate soldier fought for slavery. Only 1/3 of the South owned slaves. A Confederate prisoner of war said says he wasn't isn't fighting for [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain "darkies"]] but for his own rights and his state. Most of the Confederate Army were fighting for their state.
1st Jan '16 4:34:53 AM JulianLapostat
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* SingleIssueWonk: Several of the Rebels view the common Northern focus on slavery as a reason for the war this way. Many of them say they honestly don't care about it either way, and see themselves as fighting for their "rahts". Longstreet muses that they would have won their independence already if they had freed the slaves before firing on Fort Sumter, taking it away as a motivation for the other side and keeping in Britain and France's good graces.
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* SingleIssueWonk: Several Some of the Rebels view the common Northern focus on slavery as a reason for the war this way. Many of them say they honestly don't care about it either way, and see themselves as fighting for their "rahts". Longstreet muses that they would have won their independence already if they had freed the slaves before firing on Fort Sumter, taking it away as a motivation for the other side and keeping in Britain and France's good graces. This in any case was never a realistic option because as far as the leaders were concerned, [[https://www.bluffton.edu/~bergerd/essays/trclark.htm slavery really was the essential cause]] for the South. [[note]]As one legislator who opposed freeing slaves to fight for the Confederates in 1864 noted, "If slaves will make good soldiers our whole theory of slavery is wrong." [[/note]]
1st Jan '16 4:28:02 AM JulianLapostat
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* HistoricalVillainDowngrade: The film's tunnel focus on the battle neglects the fact that before and after the battle, the Confederate soldiers captured African-Americans (runaway slaves, ex-slaves and freedmen) [[http://www.history.com/news/7-things-you-should-know-about-the-battle-of-gettysburg and send them back to Virginia into slavery]].
30th Dec '15 3:39:45 PM DarthKieduss
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* MyCountryRightOrWrong: What the political correctness police don't tell you is not every Confederate soldier fought for slavery. Only 1/3 of the South owned slaves. A Confederate prisoner of war said he wasn't fighting for [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain "darkies"]] but for his own rights and his state. Most of the Confederate Army were fighting for their state.
13th Dec '15 8:22:04 PM blerg223
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*** Subverted in that Fremantle, who was half-heartedly listening to Kemper's diatribe on states' rights, responds much more agreeably to Pickett's simple gentleman's club analogy.
19th Nov '15 11:45:51 AM Antigone3
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moved entry to Trivia tab
* WrittenInInfirmity: Inverted. The real General Ewell only had one leg. In his one scene, the General is always shown from the waist up, so the audience can't tell that his actor isn't missing a leg.
19th Oct '15 8:49:48 PM Tank50us
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--> '''Gen. Pickett''': General Lee.... I ''have'' no ''Division!''
17th Jul '15 11:24:56 AM DarthKieduss
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** f course this is essentially TruthInTelevision because Meade didn't arrive at the battle until the night before Picket's Charge.
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** f Of course this is essentially TruthInTelevision because Meade didn't arrive at the battle until the night before Picket's Charge.
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