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|This discussion reminds me of an episode of King of the Hill when Hank helps build a stage for a play about the Alamo. At rehearsal Hank is horrified when he sees that they have put there own spin on the story of the Alamo. They have Bowie drunk out of his mind and Crockett running around in a dress screaming "I surrender." Hank goes to the director angry telling him this never happened and the director responds with "how do you know this didn't happen."
None of us can really say if Chamberlain gave the "swinging gate" command or gave a flowery speech before attempting to take Marye's Heights. Just because it isn't documented doesn't mean it didn't happen and just because a soldier wrote in a letter home about an incident doesn't mean it did happen. The soldier could be honestly mistaken. Producers are stuck with a difficult task in presenting history as it actually happened and need to make adjustments to make a movie that will sell.