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Robert Child (story)
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31 January 2006 (USA) See more »
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The Single Bloodiest Day in American History
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Cast

 
Chad O. Allen ... Featured extra
Benjamin F. Black ... General Robert E. Lee
Cindy Brinkerhof ... Nurse, featured extra
Mike Brown ... Union staff officer
Tony Casey ... Featured extra
Paul V. Chiles ... Scholar
Jim Choate ... Gen. George Pickett

John Correll ... General George B. McClellan (voice)

Tim Duquette ... General John B. Gordon (voice)
Sam Edens ... Telegraph operator
Patrick Falci ... Historical Consultant

Dennis E. Frye ... Scholar
Kurt Grauf ... US & CS Soldier
Shaun C. Grenan ... General George B. McClellan - Commander of US Army
Allen Guelzo ... Scholar (as Allen C. Guelzo)
Ronald A. Hawkins ... Gen. James Longstreet
Ed Mantell ... Thomas Eckert (as Edwin R. Mantell)

Ronald F. Maxwell ... Narrator
James M. McPherson ... Scholar
Robert R. Pence Jr. ... Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson
Andy Redmond ... Thomas Eckert (voice) (as Andrew Redmond)
Christina Tongyai ... Nurse, featured extra
Stanley Wernz ... Abraham Lincoln

Directed by
Robert Child 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robert Child  story and screenplay

Produced by
Robert Child .... executive producer
Robert Child .... producer
Dick Ross .... producer
 
Original Music by
Steve Heitzeg 
 
Cinematography by
Tom Bagnall 
Steve Hollingshead 
David Smith 
 
Film Editing by
David M. Friedman (on-line editor)
 
Makeup Department
Jim Choate .... key makeup artist
 
Sound Department
Kenneth Gilbert .... narration recordist
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kathryn Coombs .... wardrobe provider
Ed Mantell .... set costumer
 
Other crew
Mike Brown .... wrangler
Samantha Iles .... craft service
Ed Mantell .... reenactment coordinator
 

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USA:90 min
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Bloodiest single day, 8 November 2014
Author: Goingbegging from United Kingdom

When Robert E. Lee pressed so hard to invade the North, it was not only to feed his starving men from the rich provender of farms untouched by combat. It was also to give the Northern public the despairing feel of enemy occupation, and get them voting for peace in the upcoming mid-term elections.

Yet not even he could have foreseen that a cornfield at Antietam Creek, beside Sharpsburg, Maryland, would soon be so littered with bodies that a man could walk across it without ever touching the ground. A Confederate win here might have ended the war.

Meanwhile those recent victories of Lee's had demoralised the Army of the Potomac so much that Union officers were starting to write defeatist letters home. Only one general could restore the men's fighting spirit, and that was George McClellan, implacably distrusted by Lincoln, who appointed him with deep reluctance.

The story of Lee's battle-plan falling into McClellan's hands is well-known, even though we still don't know how it happened, or why McClellan delayed a fatal twelve hours before taking-up what would have been an impregnable position. Instead the two armies locked into a fight that inflicted more casualties in one day than any other battle fought on American soil. And after a glorious summer of victories, Lee found himself leading his bedraggled army back to Virginia.

'Decisive' can mean two things. As a contest, the Battle of Antietam had no clear winner, and was thus indecisive. As an event, it changed human history, and proved more decisive than any battle of the war. For this longed-for Union win, however narrow, had given Lincoln the credibility to issue his Emancipation Proclamation (notionally freeing all Southern slaves), without making it sound like a counsel of despair. From here on, it was an abolitionist war, and any hope of Britain and France aiding the South was gone with the wind. This political slant may explain the rather odd title 'Lincoln and Lee at Antietam'.

The story is vividly presented here, along with well-informed commentators, one of them a Princeton scholar, another the long-serving local battlefield tour-guide. The huge cast of actors look realistic enough (no textile-firm is ever going to go bust making Civil War uniforms!) and the two generals are suitably cast, as is Lincoln. The mention of field-hospital manager Clara Barton is so brief that it can sound a bit token-female, though we do also hear some of the outspoken remarks of the local townswomen on the arrival of the armies. I never knew that Lee was recovering from injuries to both his hands, and could neither write orders nor hold the reins of his horse. Finally, it's good to hear a defence of poor old Burnside, ridiculed up hill and down dale by historians, yet who can be shown as the only Union general at Antietam who secured the objective that he was ordered to - still known as Burnside Bridge.

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