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In Revolutionary America, Gil Martin takes his new wife Lana back to his farm in upstate New York. The area is remote and a distance from the fort but they are happy living in their one room cabin. With the declaration independence, the settlers soon find themselves at war with the British and their Indian allies. Their farm is burned out and the Martins take work with Sarah McKlennar. The war continues however as the Martins try to make a new life. Written by
The battle so vividly described by Henry Fonda is the bloody Battle of Oriskany, which had one of the highest casualty rates of any battle in the war. It took place on August 6, 1777 and involved only North American troops: Tory, Patriot, and Indian, and was part what became the overall Battle of Saratoga as the Tory and Indian troops were commanded by a subordinate of General "Gentleman Johnny" Burgoyne. General Nicholas Herkimer, who was wounded in the battle, did not receive adequate medical attention. His leg became infected and he dies ten days later from blood loss after amputation on August 16. He was 49. Despite Gil's claim that the colonials gave them a "licking," the Tories and Indian's suffered only 150 casualties while the Patriots sustained 450. See more »
When Mrs. McKlennar is dying, she tells Lana not to "tune out on me." In revolutionary America, what is there to tune out? See more »
Excellent depiction of life during colonial times in New England.
I've used this movie in many history classes. It illustrates life during these turbulent times when people were moving to the frontier and just trying to live their lives in peace. However, other people had lived on those lands and now wanted it back and war erupted. The American Revolution is vastly different for people on the frontier. There was no help -they had to rely on each other to protect their farms, their families and livestock. It was a hard life but they managed to find humor and enjoyment even during the hardest of times. This movies illustrates the new culture that had to evolve in order to survive. Fighting Indians, British and French became a way of life during this period. These people developed a strong bond of friendship and family. They helped one another in many ways. The only way to get communication from Albany was at church on Sunday when the Reverend would give everyone the latest news about the war as well as cloth that had arrived at the general store in Dayton. It's a good story and one that will remain a favorite.
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