->''"There's not much I can tell you about this war. It's like all wars, I guess. The undertakers are winning. And the politicians who talk about the glory of it. And the old men who talk about the need of it. And the soldiers, well, they just wanna go home."''

1965 anti-war movie staring Creator/JimmyStewart, whose personal anti-war stance had a large part in the movie's existence. Also a 1975 Broadway musical staring [[Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix John Cullum]] (for which he won a Best Actor Tony).

Widower Charlie Anderson is living in Virginia with his children when the UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar breaks out. He wants nothing to do with the war and does his best to keep his family out of it despite the Confederacy trying to recruit his sons and his daughter Jenny's marriage to a confederate officer named Sam. However, when his youngest son is mistaken for a Confederate soldier and taken by Union forces, Anderson decides is now "his war". He, his other sons, except the eldest James, who stays behind with his wife Anne and infant daughter Martha, and Jenny set out to save the Boy. Before the movie is over, the Anderson family finds itself drastically reduced.

!!Includes Examples of:
* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler: James, Anne, Jacob]]
* BittersweetEnding: The boy returns home, but the Anderson family has lost three members to the Civil War despite their best attempts to stay out of it.
* BookEnds: Near the beginning, they go to church. At the end, [[spoiler: the boy returns during a church service]].
* CanNotSpitItOut: Sam
* ChekhovsGun: Boy finds a Confederate hat at the start of the film. This becomes very important later, [[spoiler: when it gets him captured]].
* ChildSoldiers: Gabriel and the Boy
* ContrivedCoincidence: The train hijacked by the Anderson happens to be the prisoner of war transport Sam is on.
* HappilyMarried: Charlie and Martha were, until she died; James and Anne, [[spoiler: until they die.]]
* NoNameGiven: "Boy" is never called anything else. His name isn't even given in the credits.
* KarmaHoudini: The three men who [[spoiler: murder James and rape and murder Anne]] are apparently never caught.
* ThePatriarch: Charlie Anderson.
* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: Averted, notably for its time, as neither side is portrayed nicely
* ProtectThisHouse
* TalkingToTheDead: Charlie often visits his wife's grave and goes into monologues.
* TeamMom: Anne
* {{Tomboy}}: Jenny - "Yes, I'm a woman--but I don't see anyone here I can't out-run, out-ride, or out-shoot!"

!!The musical also provides examples of:
* AllMusicalsAreAdaptations
* BadassBaritone: Charlie
* FinalLoveDuet: "Violets and Silverbells (Reprise)" is a subversion
* TheElevenOClockNumber: "Meditation II"
* IWantSong: "Over the Hill" for Jenny and "The Only Home I Know" for the soldiers.
* SidekickSong: "Next to Lovin' (I Like Fightin')"