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Abraham Lincoln's Clemency (1910)

The incidents pictured in this film are founded on fact and relate to William Scott, a young soldier from the State of Vermont. Scott is on guard after a heavy day's march, and being found ... See full summary »

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Leopold Wharton
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The incidents pictured in this film are founded on fact and relate to William Scott, a young soldier from the State of Vermont. Scott is on guard after a heavy day's march, and being found asleep is placed under arrest. He is tried by court-martial and sentenced to death. Meantime we see President Lincoln in his study at the White House in deep thought, and seeing a vision of the Civil War and the sorrow caused by it. The vision disappears and he reads a letter from Mrs. Scott pleading for the pardon of her son. Deeply affected he lays the letter down and sees another vision, that of the gray-haired mother and a nameless grave. We next see being marched off to the spot where he is to be shot. All is in readiness for the fatal word of command to be given, when through a cloud of dust a coach dashes up attended by outriders. The President steps out and pardons the prisoner, who falls on his knees and blesses him. The next scene is that of a battle with the Union soldiers retreating. The... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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An intensely thrilling story of the Civil War, founded on fact, with all titles in verse.

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5 November 1910 (USA)  »

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Everyone who sees it is constrained to cheer
27 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

A story of Lincoln told with a good deal of sympathy by the American company. It is historically correct and involves a young soldier who was sentenced to be shot for sleeping on post, but who was pardoned by Lincoln and afterward was shot as he led the scattered Union soldiers to victory by rallying them around the colors. Perhaps the most interesting features of this film consist of the visions: first the one that appears to the President as he sees the soldiers, then the gray-haired mother and the nameless grave. At the end where the stars and stripes and stars and bars are rolled together and unrolled as the national flag, there is a touch of patriotic sentiment which is difficult to appreciate without seeing it. After all, the whole story of the Civil War is told in that little bit. While it is by no means certain that the producer intended to make that the climax of the picture, it is, and everyone who sees it is constrained to cheer. - The Moving Picture World, November 19, 1910


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