There's a smattering of very powerful moments in the "Gettysburg (1863)" trilogy ("The Devil To Pay", "Hold At All Costs" and "High-Water Mark") that may induce tears.
- But the beginning of "Hold at All Costs", where Confederate Brigadier General Armistead speaks about his dear friend, Union Brigadier General Winfield Hancock may be one of the strongest. Even more powerful because it's TRUE HISTORY!
"The last time we were together,
I grabbed his hand and I pledged,
'If I ever draw my sword on you,
May the Good Lord strike me dead'."
- Also doubling as a Crowning Moment of Awesome: In order to buy time for Union reinforcements to arrive, Hancock orders an almost suicidal bayonet charge against the rebels.
"On their next wave we charge at them,
There is no other option.
Disconcert them, force submission, on my command, fix bayonets!"
- Also tear-inducing, from "High-Water Mark".
(Armistead) "We're almost there my boys
I've never served with finer
We must push forward boys
And bayonet the Yankee tyrants!
To the copse of trees we charge
To crush the union center
And when they turn and run
An open road leads us to freedom!"
(Lee) "It's over now, we are retreating
I never thought that we'd be beaten
All this blood is on my hands
The thousands dead due to my plan
I am responsible
All of this is my fault
I thought us invincible
Is this God's will, after all?
I look across this blood-soaked land
All this blood is on my hands!
God forgive me, please, forgive me!
It's all my fault! The blood is on my hands!"