Gettysburg Movie Review
View the movie Gettysburg and answer the questions listed below. There are no real right answers. Rather I want to see how you interpret various portions of the movie.
1. Describe the historical relevance of five of the movie characters (for example Lee, Longstreet, Chamberlain, Buford, etc.) Who were they and what happened to them after the battle of Gettysburg?
2. Cites examples that might indicate the civil war was unpopular?
3. What were the reasons given by a captured confederate soldier for why he joined the confederate army to fight?
4. A very important moment in the movie occurs when a runaway slave finds his way into the Union lines. How would you characterize the conversation between Colonel Chamberlain and the Irish Sergeant on the issue of slavery? Why did they decide to fight?
5. What reasons might explain the presence of a British military observer in the Army of Northern Virginia?
6. On the night after the first day of battle, a number of confederate officers are explaining to the British observer the reasons behind succession. How would you describe the reasons given?
7. What sort of difficulties did soldiers in both armies labor under? (for example conditions related to supplies, weather, tactics of officers, personalities, etc.)
8. How would you characterize the conversation, on the morning of the second of the battle, between General Longstreet and the British military observer?
9. Describe the “trap” discussed by General Lee. How does this “trap” relate to Lee’s current situation (morning of day 2 of the battle)?
10. What role did the battle of Gettysburg play in the civil war?
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