When I went to see the Iowa cemetery at Shiloh I just stood there in silence. More Iowa boys lost their lives in that battle then any other battle in the civil war. My favorite part was when that guy picked up the flag when the mathew was shot dead. That moment of truth is kinda how I feel.
Can you tell us more and the reason why? Re-reading about the hornets nest now. It still moves me.
Not a big fan of the ACW genre in general. I still feel it personally, so it's a painful subject.
However, of the ACW films I've seen, I identified with and sympathized most with Matthew Broderick's character in Glory. I appreciate the way he comports himself as a young officer faced with difficult military and impossible social choices.
I have family (by marriage and otherwise) from North and South. I also feel the pull of modern political 'state's rights' movements. These make me look with literal disgust on that war wherein so many Americans killed one another. It's just hard to think about 600,000 Americans killing one another-people like those you know and love locked in mortal combat for reasons that are still tangible.
Matthew Broderick's character was an inexperienced young Colonel pulled into a politically difficult role-CO of a negro (note: their terms, not mine) Union infantry unit. His wealthy upbringing in no way prepared him for the rural negro's life experiences, nor leadership of this seemingly foreign group of people. Yet he managed, in his own way, to keep his command sharp and to avoid his troops becoming an untrained rabble. Examples were given of how it *could have been* for this unit (and shamefully was in poorly trained negro union infantry units). His interaction with Morgan Freeman is superb as well.
One of the last scenes of the movie brought me to tears. Looking out over the sea, he dismounts his horse before leading his men on their charge of the fort. He smacks his horse to make sure it doesn't follow him to his end. Tears run down his eyes-he knows this day will be his last. But yet he follows through. He leads his men, as he is expected.
I always appreciate movies that portray young officers that grow in the leadership role. I ask myself often, "what would I do?" were I in a similar situation. Watching a good actor embrace the role and grow within it is a great experience for a moviegoer such as myself.
"I thank God that I was warring on the gridirons of the midwest and not the battlefields of Europe"
Nile Kinnick 1918-1943