Revealing mistake: When the 54th Mass. marches past a liberated plantation some black children wave them on. One of them is wearing a digital wristwatch.
Directed by: Edward Zwick
Starring: Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick, Cary Elwes
Factual error: In the assault on Fort Wagner, the regiment attacks the fort from the wrong side. In reality, the troops attacked from the south.
Colonel Robert G. Shaw: Good morning gentlemen, I am Colonel Robert Gould Shaw. I am your commanding officer. It is a great pleasure to see you all here today. It is my hope that the same courage, spirit, and honor, which has brought us together, will one day restore this Union. May God bless us all.
Trivia: Matthew Broderick is believed to be related to Robert Shaw, the character he played in the film.
Question: The film opened with a scene from the bloodiest day in American history - which battle was depicted?
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Answer: The Battle of Antietam, also known as the Battle of Sharpsburg. It took place 9/17/1862. 3,675 men lost their lives, with an additional 17,301 wounded that day.