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 Posted: Tue Nov 7th, 2006 09:13 pm
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When you watch that movie, see how many historical errors you can find.  I've lost track.

The most obvious, of course, is that John Wayne, the cavalry colonel, wasn't named Grierson at all.  Before the war, Grierson was a band leader and music teacher.  Not exactly the Duke's persona.

The movie raid was before Vicksburg, so spring 1863.  The characters talk about that hellhole, Andersonville.

To me, all that doesn't matter one little bit.  It was entertainment, not history.  Big name actors John Wayne and William Holden.  Lots and lots of horses, some fighting, a catchy cavalry tune.

A bridge was blown up, but not by William Holden.


Last edited on Tue Nov 7th, 2006 09:31 pm by Widow

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