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Based on a true story of the American Civil War, culminating at the Battle of New Market, May 1864. A group of teenage cadets sheltered from war at the Virginia Military Institute must confront the horrors of an adult world when they are called upon to defend the Shenandoah Valley. Leaving behind their youth, these cadets must decide what they are fighting for. Written by
Great Costumes. Somewhat Fair Treatment of the South
I thought the acting was fine and the costuming and photography was good as well. Unfortunately, the writers/producers made the war about slavery, when there were higher issues at play, such as states rights and a northern industry-controlled federal government that was violating the Constitution under the leadership of a man who had little regard for the document. That having been said, I am pleased that the Southern characters were not made to be Simon Legrees, but were instead shown as thoughtful and caring humans. As the VMI cadets tried to help the black VMI baker and the black woman trapped under a wagon, it showed a real picture of the more common relations between black and white people in the South. I am pleased that this aspect of human relations was shown.
The film appeared to be fairly true to the events leading up to the battle and during the battle. It was a terrible war (and one that would never have happened if the North had not invaded the South). But it is nice to reminisce about a time when men were gentlemen, women were ladies, and race relations were not as volatile as they are today (after 150 years of government meddling).
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