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 Posted: Tue Nov 21st, 2006 04:06 am
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Two interesting sieges come to mind...the Siege of Vicksburg and the Siege of Chattanooga. A siege makes for interesting drama because  citizens, soldiers and animals suffer greatly.

I find the Battle of Franklin fascinating, but a quite good fictional account, "The Widow of the South" has been written about it. 

For colorful naval action the Battle of Mobile has a lot to offer. I think it could make a really interesting movie and is the scene of Admiral David G. Farragut's famous words, "Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead."

Without dealing with specific battles, compelling human drama surrounds the civilian women who worked as spies during the war. Equally compelling are the stories of women who disguised themselves as men and served in the army or women, who, though without disguise, accompanied their husbands to the war.       

For action and flamboyance little beats memorable cavalry actions such as that at  Brandy Station or the headlong charge of two opposing cavalries (J.E.B. Stuart vs David Gregg) at the East Cavalry Field at Gettysburg. Cavalry leaders are just made for great fiction. The cocky, overconfident young Union  cavalry leader Hugh Judson "Kill Cavalry" Kilpatrick would be an interesting centerpiece of a Civil war novel.


Last edited on Tue Nov 21st, 2006 04:20 am by CleburneFan

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