SMORE Project for Reel History

Gods and Generals
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Gods and Generals

The story opens just before the secession of Virgina and just after Lincoln had called for 75,000 troops to repel the rebellion. Robert E. Lee is offered and declines the command of Union forces. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, an instructor at VMI during the secessionist takeover of the institute, commits himself to the defense of Virginia and is rapidly swept up in a leadership role of the fledgling Army of Northern Virginia. The story follows primarily from the perspective of Jackson, as well as other key figures on both sides, but is decidely emphatic of the Confederate POV. We follow Jackson through three early and decisive CSA victories; Manassas (1st Bull Run), Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville, the scene of his untimely death.
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The following day saw Lee strike the Union flanks, leading to heavy battle at Devil's Den, Little Round Top, the Wheatfield, Peach Orchard, Culp’s Hill and East Cemetery Hill. Southerners captured Devil’s Den and the Peach Orchard, but ultimately failed to dislodge the Union defenders. On the final day, July 3rd, fighting raged at Culp’s Hill with the Union regaining its lost ground. After being cut down by a massive artillery bombardment in the afternoon, Lee attacked the Union center on Cemetery Ridge and was repulsed in what is now known as Pickett’s Charge. Lee's second invasion of the North had failed, and had resulted in heavy casualties; an estimated 51,000 soldiers were killed, wounded, captured, or listed as missing after Gettysburg.
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It tells the story of the 54th Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, made up of black soldiers - some Northern freemen, some escaped slaves - and led by whites, including Robert Gould Shaw, the son of Boston abolitionists. Although it was widely believed at the time that blacks would not make good soldiers and would not submit to discipline under fire, the 54th figured in one of the bloodiest actions of the war, an uphill attack across muddy terrain against a Confederate fort in Charleston, S.C.


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It's January, 1865, and US President Abraham Lincoln has just started his second term in office as an immensely popular leader, especially among his supporters, because of his down home attitude. However, the country is in turmoil with the Civil War entering its fourth year and having taken the lives of many a soldier on both sides. Lincoln believes that passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution - which would abolish slavery - would most importantly achieve something in which he believes to his core, but also end the war as slavery is a large part of the raison d'etre for it. The Amendment has already passed in the Senate, and is scheduled for vote in the House of Representatives at the end of the month. While he is assured of yes votes from his fellow Republicans, he and his team have to work hard behind the scenes to assure enough yes votes from Democrats, which may require some compromise in other areas. But other factors may also come into play on the vote, such as the Confederate forces in the war issuing their own compromise to end the war but keep slavery. Meanwhile, Lincoln also deals with his oft supportive but oft tumultuous relationship with wife Mary Todd Lincoln, and their latest possible rift in oldest son, Robert Todd Lincoln's want to leave law school to enlist
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Robert E Lee from Gettysburg

He resigned from U.S Army to Join the forces of his native state, rose to command the largest Confederate army and ultimately was named general in cheif of all confederate land forces
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Lt. General James Longstreet

Longstreet and Lee met on the Gettysburg battlefield on July 1st 1863. Longstreet knew early on the morning they were to attack but did little to prepare for the attack.
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Colonel Robert Shaw

Leader of the 54th




Connected Family

Hard on soldiers but fair

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Private Trip


Runway (TN)



Chips on his shoulder

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Sgt. Maj. John Rawlins

Father Figure

Starts has private

when Shaw goes to him about the men


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Abraham Lincoln


Wants to end slavery

He doesn't want his son to go to war instead his son goes to Harvard

Marry to Mary Todd

tells lots of stories

Towards the end he gets assassinated

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Mary Todd

Married to Abraham Lincoln

Well educated

suffered from migraine's

Spent lots of money

Lost a child

Doesn't want her son to go to war

Sad when Abraham Lincoln gets assassinated

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Robert Latham Lincoln

He returns home from Boston

Wants to go to the war

the oldest of 4

Personal Take Away

I've learned that the Civil War has a lot of guns and stuff. I already knew they had guns, but they have a lot more. The Civil War is really bloody and disgusing. I have also learned that the Civil War movies are long. Some of the Civil War movie are really boring