Old Jabez Burr is shown with his little grand-daughter, Mildred. She receives a letter from her father that he is coming home with a new mamma for her, and telling her to warn grand-dad to hide his black bottle, as the lady is a great church worker and is opposed to liquor. Jabez is a veteran of the civil war, and has been wont to meet his old army cronies and fight again the great battles in which they took part, and his fast ebbing strength has been stimulated by liquor. Mrs. Burr arrives, and soon becomes a leader in the church work of the neighborhood. Grand-dad slyly hides his bottle. Mrs. Burr nags grand-dad frequently, and finally in an outburst of anger she tells him that he is contaminating Mildred. The old man is crushed, and resolves to go away. That night, when all is still, he quietly kisses Mildred good-bye as she sleeps, and starts out. Mr. Burr hears him moving about, and thinks burglars are in the house. He finds his father and pleads with him to stay, but the old man...Written by
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a very good story about the Civil War and an important historical piece as well
This is the story about an old Civil War veteran who lives with his son and grand-daughter. The old man's son remarries and his new wife is a bit of a stick-in-the-mud and is greatly put off by grandpa's drinking. So, not wanting to be in the way or a bad influence on his grand-daughter, the old man leaves. He writes to tell them things are fine but he's really living at the poor house! Later, the crusading daughter-in-law visits this same poor house with her crusading friends--only to see the man in his pitiful state. This is where the film goes overboard on the melodrama--but not so much that it ruins the film.
The final section of the film is the most important. It shows actual memorial services and Civil War veterans at these ceremonies. As such, it is a super-important historical record that should not be forgotten or lost. To me, an American History teacher, this is where the film makes its biggest impact.
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