Battles in the East

Gods and Generals at Fredericksburg

In my last post I mentioned the movie Gods and Generals. While there are some historical inaccuracies in the film, which are fun and distressing to explore in themselves, I thought I’d share the “move experience” with you. If you have the time and opportunity to watch the entire film, I recommend it. Gods and Generals is a wonderful pairing to Gettysburg, which picks up where Gods and Generals left off. Even better, read the books! Yes, the movies were made from the books. One day I might expand my blog posts to include book reviews and that series will be at the top of my list.

For now, sit back and enjoy this immersive look into the battle of Fredericksburg. This first video shows a meeting between Winfield Scott Hancock and Ambrose Burnside about the prudence of crossing the Rappahannock before the pontoons could arrive.

This picks up at the charge of the Irish Brigade.

This last video shows the care of the Union wounded within one of the Fredericksburg homes. By continuity, this is supposed to be Jane Howison Beale’s home and the black woman was one of her slaves left behind to make sure the house wasn’t looted. Whether Jane’s house was used as a hospital is unknown and according to her diary, unlikely. But it makes for a good scene!

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