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Gettysburg in Literature, Film and History: The Battle Heats Up on Day 1

April 21, 2022
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Title: Gettysburg in Literature, Film and History: The Battle Heats Up on Day 1

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 action really begins to heat up in early July in southern Pennsylvania. We look at some of the big players and the early strategies they used to try and get the upper hand.

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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 second part of a four-part conversation on the incredible 1993. Classic in Gettysburg. We are joined by two civil war fanatics and podcasters.
Sean MacGyver of the common take a Texas history pod. And professor James early, a frequent contributor to beyond the big screen, the history of the papacy, along with Scott ranks, history unplugged podcast. Today, we will progress through the battle, including the first day of fighting. We will also discuss the major source of the movie, the 1974 historical fiction novel the killer angels by Michael Shaara.
[00:01:00] We have so much to talk about, so let's get right to. If you have historical movies you love, or you hate, let me know, and maybe we can make it into an episode for Hollywood hates history. If you'd like to participate in Hollywood, hates history, send me an email to Steve at history. I'd love to hear from you, and maybe we can arrange to discuss some of these great, and maybe not so great movies.
Thank you again for listening and I will see you next time beyond the big screen.
so here we are, the first actual day of battle, which would, um, was Wednesday, July 1st, 1863. James, why don't you give us a quick overview of the fighting and then Sean, we can dig in a little bit deeper. Okay. So as we'd seen the Confederate, I mean, sorry, the union cavalry under general, John Buford was deployed on [00:02:00] seminary Ridge, just west of Gettysburg.
Good high ground. And the Confederates are there and they fighting breaks out. Generally had ordered. The, uh, his division commanders that were in the front of his column, not to engage, not to get involved in combat, but they just couldn't help. It. It just, it just happened because they were being attacked by the, by the unions, uh, forces.
They're the, the cavalry that we mentioned. So Lee finally says, okay, go ahead and attack. And he sends in a second division. Uh, there's one by Heath. He general Heath is the commander of, one of the divisions that got involved in the early fighting in general. Pender also gets involved and. So the cavalry's outnumbered, so they begin to fall back.

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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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