Before the Civil War, George Harris, a Yankee schoolteacher, takes charge of a southern country school. He is attracted by Nellie Gardner, his prettiest pupil, but his attentions are ... See full summary »
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George Harris - the Fighting Schoolmaster (as Robert Gaillord)
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Phil Gardner - Nellie's Brother
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Before the Civil War, George Harris, a Yankee schoolteacher, takes charge of a southern country school. He is attracted by Nellie Gardner, his prettiest pupil, but his attentions are resented by her big brother Phil, also a pupil. They quarrel and a fight ensues, in which the teacher gets the better of Phil. Nellie will not forgive Harris for striking her brother. Word is received in the village that President Lincoln has called for troops for the Union army. Harris, in sympathy with the north, is pointed out as a Yankee by Phil, to the town's people. The crowd attack the schoolmaster, but through the intervention of Nellie, he passes on unmolested. Phil enlists In the Confederate army. The school is closed and Harris joins the Union forces. Nellie refuses to bid him goodbye before he leaves for the front. Four years pass. Phil is now an officer in the Confederate army, while Harris wears shoulder straps in the Union army. In a battle in which the Union forces are victors. Phil falls ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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16 October 1911 (USA)  »

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One doesn't expect too much of war pictures
4 May 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

The fighting schoolmaster was a Yankee in the south when Sumter was fired on. Between him and a Southern girl (Miss Story takes the part) there had been something more than mere friendship; but this was changed by his marching off with the Union troops. The war's last battle raged around the heroine's home. The schoolmaster-soldier saved her brother's life and the boys in blue, Lee having surrendered, carry the boy home. It closes with a love scene. The picture as a whole has some freshness; one doesn't expect too much of war pictures. It is well acted and the scenes are well arranged. - The Moving Picture World, October 28, 1911


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