Corrected entry: Near the beginning of the movie, after General Lee says his speech and the crowd claps, there's a shot of two people clapping. If you look behind them you will see a boom mic.
Corrected entry: When Jeb Stuart and Stonewall Jackson meet for the first time, Stuart says: "Lieutenant Colonel Stuart reporting for duty, Sir." However, later in the conversation Jackson calls him 'General Stuart' and his shoulder straps indicate that Stuart is in fact a full Colonel, not a Lieutenant Colonel.
Corrected entry: When the Union troops are routing at Chancellorsville, Major General Oliver Howard is shown with a sword in his right hand and the reins in his left. The real General Howard only had one arm.
Corrected entry: In one scene, General Lee and his lieutenants celebrate Christmas of 1862 with a rousing rendition of Silent Night. Unfortunately, the English lyrics, by John Freeman Young, were not yet written. Young penned the lyrics the following year, and it was still some years later before they were known well enough for such a spontaneous sing-along to occur.
Corrected entry: When Lucy tells her mother that their house is still standing, her mother hugs her and wishes for the well being of Martha and her children. Lucy responds with, "But oh Mother..." Only the voice that says, "But oh Mother" is definitely not her own and is overdubbed. Matter of fact, it sounds a lot like a man's voice. (On Disc 2). (00:19:40)BillyBlake
Corrected entry: Col. Chamberlain's hat changes several times throughout the battle. Sometimes it has '20th' in the center of the insignia for the 20th Maine, other times it is just a plain insignia with no '20th'.
Corrected entry: There is a scene in which Confederate soldiers are discussing the many nicknames of Stonewall Jackson. One of the soldiers lists "Old Hickory" as one of Thomas Jackson's nicknames. Old Hickory was Andrew Jackson, the US President. I'm not aware of Old Hickory being the nickname of both Thomas Jackson and of Andrew Jackson.
Corrected entry: When the 20th Maine is ordered to charge at Fredericksburg, the men are at "shoulder arms." In the next shot, without an order being given, the men are at "right-shoulder shift." (00:05:42)
Corrected entry: When J.E.B. Stuart meets Jackson at Jackson's field tent, Jackson addresses Stuart as "Lt. Col. Stuart." But Stuart is wearing shoulder boards with eagles, i.e., full Colonel.
Corrected entry: After the battle of Manassas, Gen. Jackson and Captain Smith stand beside a cannon discussing the general's equanimity on the battlefield. In the background behind the captain, you can see one of the dead men wiggle his boot. (00:52:30)
Corrected entry: About halfway through the movie, there is a scene with a soldier telling his buddies how to divide up his stuff in the event of his death. This soldier is later killed by an artillery burst during the battle of Chancellorsville. This same soldier later appears in 'Gettysburg' as one of three captured Rebel soldiers who talk with Tom Chamberlain. He must have recovered.
Corrected entry: Through most of the movie, General Lee is seen wearing an officer's frock coat with an erect collar and the rank insignia of Colonel (3 stars) on the outside of the collar. In every picture I've ever seen of Lee, he is wearing a frock opened on top with the collar laying flat and the Colonel stars on the inside of the collar. Toward the end Lee is finally seen wearing this coat.
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