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When Lee Surrenders (1912)

There is a fierce battle raging between the Union and Confederate soldiers outside of Nellie Morton's home, and when the Southern boys show signs of weakening, her Southern heart is stirred... See full summary »

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There is a fierce battle raging between the Union and Confederate soldiers outside of Nellie Morton's home, and when the Southern boys show signs of weakening, her Southern heart is stirred by the sight. Captain Blake of the Union forces, is wounded by a bursting shell, but he manages to crawl to the Morton lawn, where he falls exhausted. He is found by Nellie, who at first levels a pistol at his head, commanding him to move on. He painfully rises, and the suppressed look of pain, and the wound in his forehead have such an effect upon Nellie's heart that she brings him into the house, where he is nursed. With the setting sun a cessation of the hostilities between the two armies are brought, and the Confederate soldiers camp near the Morton home. The Confederate officers are seen approaching and Blake is told to hide upstairs. But the officers find the Yankee's coat and Nellie is forced to admit to having Blake in hiding. In the meantime, however, Blake, who has heard the conversation,... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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8 November 1912 (USA)  »

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A very realistic and fiercely contested battle.
10 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

A war drama in two thrilling reels, giving a love story which is pictured mostly against a very realistic and fiercely contested battle. This takes place over a broken cluster of hills and the powder smoke alone that went up in the making of it cost a heap of money. It is shown now and again in full, covering a wide area, but many smaller scenes, details, arc thrown in, such as a battery in action, a regiment charging over a stone wall or, in rout, breaking through long grass. The mist of musketry creeps slowly up from along hill crest or from protecting ravine; the shrapnel, bursting in air, leaves its mushroom of smoke to drift away, and the lyddite high- explosive shell is shown throwing up its volcano of dirt or shattering an ammunition wagon and lifting the heavy front wheels and axle high in air. One shell throws horse and rider; a real battle, even in picture-making, is no fun for those who fight it. The love story is good and, in its realistic setting, is made very effective. It is simple in outline. The wounded Union officer takes refuge in a Southern home and is helped by the heroine. His coat is found in the library by Confederate officers, but he escapes. The battle changes and the coat is found by Union officers who suspect that he has been murdered. In the end, the Union man, with the girl, gets her father out of trouble and, later, the pair are married. A fine picture and a very desirable offering. - The Moving Picture World, November 16, 1912


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