Mark wrote: Ibuttery, I think the key though is when you said, "in today's terms." I think we need to be very cautious in labeling Brown (and any other historical figure) with an anachronistic term. I read an interesting book last week called, "The South versus the South" by William Freehling that put John Brown in the context of a 19th century filibuster. I must confess that I have never thought of him in that way.
If filibuster meant destroying the nation and carving out a new nation, then I guess that fit's Brown and his backers.
Fair enough. Though given how many slaves actually flocked to Brown's cause, I'm not sure he was as inspirational as he wanted to be. We can, of course, say that the slave owners prevented them from joining Brown. But I seem to recall that he was expecting them to rise up to overthrow their shackles and join him. Given the aftermath of previous slave rebellions, I'm not sure how many would have.
TimK wrote: I would like to see a movie about either Shiloh or Fredericksburg.
Journey to Shiloh (1968)
Yet I am thinking you would want a film on this battle more along the lines of the event itself. The aforementioned film is mostly about the group of friends from the Lone Star State. The last time I saw JTS was on television in the mid-'70's.
It would be great to see such personalities as:
Albert Sydney Johnston - one whale of a man
Sam Grant - facing adversity and being remolded to become the President's
champion of the War.
Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard - the hero of Sumter and argueably the finest
planner in the Confederate Army. What a
People would get a chance to see that the War between the States was not exclusively in Virginia. We are talking Deep South, something that should hold some appeal for you boys from Alabama and Mississippi (did I spell your state right?).
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Hellcat wrote: I think most folks think the war was Virginia, Pennsylvania, SC, and Georgia. And maybe Maryland, think they may be torn on whether Antietm (Sharpsburg) was a Maryland or Virginia battle.
Edit: Let me clarify. Most being folks who only have to learn about the war in school amd don't go much beyond that.
Yeah very few of those folks hear about the Battle of Olustee or the Battle of Natural Bridge in Florida. I love to read about the war along the Gulf Coast. All of the small raids and blockade running that went on. Its good stuff. If you focus on the coast you still have major actions like New Orleans, Mobile Bay, and the Campaign for Mobile. The battles of Galveston and Sabine Pass, Texas are also very interesting.
I would like to see the Western Theater get some movie time. Battle of Perryville....even the Shiloh vets complained about how fierce the fighting was there. Chattanooga and Chickamauga campaign would make an excellent movie also.
Antietam needs to be made into a movie and given the same treatment as Ron Maxwell's GETTYSBURG. Given that the actual fighting is contained to a day, I think it would be more manageable and the storyline would flow quite seamlessly. Title it along the lines of "Twelve Hours of Hell: The Battle of Antietam". The story could be told through the eyes of Hood, Burnside, and Meagher, whom is a fascinating character never before portrayed on-screen.