America just before and during the Civil War, as seen through the eyes of an artist correspondent.

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Series cast summary:
...  Jonas Steele 3 episodes, 1982
...  John Geyser 3 episodes, 1982
...  Mary Hale 3 episodes, 1982
...  Jacob Hale Sr. 3 episodes, 1982
...  James Hale 3 episodes, 1982
...  Preacher / ... 3 episodes, 1982
...  Lester Bedell 3 episodes, 1982
...  Matthew Geyser 3 episodes, 1982
James Carroll Jordan ...  Professor Lowe 3 episodes, 1982
...  Malachy Hale 3 episodes, 1982
...  Capt. Potts 3 episodes, 1982
...  Maj. Harrison 3 episodes, 1982
...  Pvt. Grundy 3 episodes, 1982
...  Emma Gayser / ... 3 episodes, 1982
...  Capt. Randolph 3 episodes, 1982
David Rounds ...  Christopher Spencer 3 episodes, 1982
...  Maj. Fairburn 3 episodes, 1982
...  Evelyn Hale 3 episodes, 1982
...  Kathy Reynolds 3 episodes, 1982
...  Arbuthnot 3 episodes, 1982
...  Ben Geyser 3 episodes, 1982
...  Gen. George Meade 3 episodes, 1982
...  Maggie Geyser 3 episodes, 1982
...  Phineas Wade 3 episodes, 1982
...  Mark Geyser 3 episodes, 1982
...  Maj. Welles / ... 3 episodes, 1982
...  Sgt. O'Toole 3 episodes, 1982
...  Mrs. Lovelace 3 episodes, 1982
...  Luke Geyser 3 episodes, 1982
...  Gen. Ulysses S. Grant 3 episodes, 1982
...  Sen. Reynolds 3 episodes, 1982
...  Secretary of State Seward 3 episodes, 1982
...  John Brown 3 episodes, 1982
...  Jonathan Henry 3 episodes, 1982
...  Abraham Lincoln 3 episodes, 1982
...  Jake Hale Jr. 3 episodes, 1982
Janice Carroll ...  Mary Todd Lincoln 2 episodes, 1982
Veronica Redd ...  Hattie 2 episodes, 1982
...  George (older employee at the Gettysburgh Newspaper) 2 episodes, 1982
John Voldstad ...  Alvin Mooney 2 episodes, 1982
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America just before and during the Civil War, as seen through the eyes of an artist correspondent.

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14 November 1982 (USA)  »

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The final film project of Sterling Hayden. See more »

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During the scene where Lincoln and Captain Steele test the new repeating rifle, you can see cars driving in the background. Lincoln also walks away on an obviously modern concrete sidewalk. See more »

Quotes

Wanda Mae: If you was to kiss me, I'd be mighty obliged.
John Geyser: [following the kiss] My mouth's burning!
Wanda Mae: Shucks, I'm sorry, Johnny. It's my chaw.
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Tenting On the Old Camp Ground
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A good if somewhat uneven miniseries
15 November 2000 | by See all my reviews

This miniseries shows the war primarily through the eyes of a Virginian who wants to witness history but cannot commit to either side of the conflict. His new-found profession of journalism allows him to participate as a neutral observer. He is surrounded by relatives and friends on both sides, and the miniseries shows events through their eyes as well.

The human side of the war is stressed, and it excellently portrays the toll the conflict took on families.

Many of the subplots are taken from Civil War historian Bruce Catton's final work, "Reflections On The Civil War." However, none of the people in the book, including the real John Geyser, appear in the miniseries. Rather, observations made in the book are woven around the main storyline as supplementary material.

Most of the military aspects of the miniseries are laughable and bear little resemblance to reality. Due to the miniseries being done on a miniseries budget we see none of the grand scale evident in "Gettysburg" or "Glory."

Stacy Keach gives a terrific performance as Jonas Steele, the Federal special operations agent. We see from his performance a little of the decentralized, more personalized ways in which intelligence gathering and other non-standard military operations were conducted in the nineteenth century.

The miniseries ran for over six hours on CBS in 1982, but well over an hour was cut for the two-cassette video release. Get the whole treatment if you can.


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