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Gettysburg in Literature, Film and History: Pickett’s Charge and Epilogue

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Title: Gettysburg in Literature, Film and History: Pickett’s Charge and Epilogue

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. One last cavalry charge just might be the answer to break the gridlock of this battle. We will also discuss the aftermath of Gettysburg and its place in the Civil War.

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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 fourth and final part of our four-part conversation on just the wonderful and historically accurate. But also highly entertaining, 1993, classic Gettysburg.
We're joined as we have been in the past three episodes by two civil war, fanatics and podcast, or Sean MacGyver of the common take it, Texas history podcast and professor James early, a frequent contributor to beyond the big screen, but also the history of the papacy podcast and Scott ranks history unplugged podcast.
Today, we will wrap up the battle, which [00:01:00] will include. Dissection of how the movie lines up with the main source material for the movie in the 1974 historical fiction, novel and Pulitzer prize winner, the killer angels by Michael Shaara. We have a ton to talk about this episode to you think we talked a ton about the other parts of the book and movie will have even more.
If you have a historical movie, you either love or hate. Let me know. And maybe we can work together to create another episode of Hollywood hates history. I have a ton of ideas, but I'd love to hear yours. Thank you again for listening and I will see you next time beyond the big screen.
all right, welcome back everybody. Now we've, we've discussed the prelude to the battle day to day one day two. And now we're finally at the ultimate [00:02:00] day of the battle day three Friday, July 3rd, 1863. James, why don't you set us up with day three. All right. Well, the overall, uh, description of what happened on this day is actually fairly simple to state.
Generally, even though the Confederates had been driven back on day two, he felt they'd come so close. He felt, oh, if we just hit them one more time. Uh, as we've already seen, long street did not want to do a nother head-on assault against veteran, federal troops who were dug in on high ground. But Lee, just in, I've heard, it said his blood was up, his fighting spirit was up.
He really felt just one more push and they will break. He felt like the center was especially weak. So he ordered once again, a general. To attack Culp's hill, which again, using my analogy of a clock that's about one o'clock and the [00:03:00] u
April 28, 2022
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Steve Guerra is the host of the History of the Papacy Podcast, which began in 2013. In 2017, Steve began Beyond the Big Screen, a podcast which delves into the fascinating stories behind films through lively interviews.
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