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Gettysburg in Literature, Film and History: Devil’s Den and Longstreet’s Beard

April 25, 2022
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Title: Gettysburg in Literature, Film and History: Devil’s Den and Longstreet’s Beard

Description: Today Sean, James and I continue our discussion of the real events and background of the Battle of Gettysburg as portrayed through the 1993 film Gettysburg. The forces of North and South have deployed. Attacks have commenced but the outcome still is in doubt. Armies of tens of thousands crash together and heroes are made in Gettysburg!

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, [00:00:00] this is beyond the big screen podcast with your host, Steve Guerra. Welcome back to beyond the big screen. We have another installment of Hollywood hates history today. This is the third part of a four-part conversation on the incredible and really classic movie. The 1993 Gettysburg, we are joined by two civil war, Fitzy Denatos and podcasters Sean MacGyver of the common take it, Texas history podcast and professor James early, a contributor to not only be on the big screen, but also the history of the papacy podcast and Scott ranks history unplugged podcast.
Today, we will continue to progress through the battle. We will discuss the major source of the movie, the 1974 historical [00:01:00] fiction novel the killer angels by Michael Shara. And we will also talk about the second day of the battle. We have a ton to talk about today, so let's get right to it. Of course, if you have a historical movie, you either love or hate, let me know, and maybe we can work together to create a new episode of Hollywood hates history.
I'm beyond the big screen. If you'd like to participate, send me an email to my email, address I'd love to hear from you. Thanks again for listening and I will see you next time beyond the big screen.
Now we're on today to have the battle. If you want to hear about what happened in the prelude to the battle or day one, you can go back and we have episodes on all those, but I'm, we're joined again by professor James early, of [00:02:00] course, and Sean, Sean MacGyver of the common ticket podcast. And we're going to dive right into day two.
James, why don't you give us a little setup of what was going on in day two and what we can look forward to? Sure. Just to review in case, uh, it's been a while since somebody listened to the previous part or maybe they haven't, but if you haven't, you should stop it right now and go back and listen to it.
Okay. All right. Are you back? Okay, good. So, um, what happened was the union army of the Potomac and the Confederate army of Northern Virginia met, uh, are parts of the army. To the west of the town of Gettysburg, north and west in an almost accidental meeting. And what happened was the union troops. There were heavily outnumbered, but they did a good

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Steve Guerra is a historian and podcaster who hosts three different shows. He started with the History of the Papacy Podcast in 2013. In 2017, Steve began Beyond the Big Screen, a podcast that delves into the fascinating stories behind films through lively interviews. His newest show, Organized Crime and Punishment, takes a deep dive into the roots, evolution, and impact of organized crime across different cultures and countries.
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