Gettysburg ★★★★½

I love war films and I hate war films. I love the heroics, men rising to a challenge, and extreme situations, but man, I really hate the needless deaths. The US Civil War, in particular, was horrific in the number of deaths, and the fact that friends and family fought each other. Gettysburg was the turning point of the war, and it came at a horrible cost.

This movie is superbly made and even someone unfamiliar with the battle should be able to follow what is going on. There is some speechifying on both sides, and the acting is wonderful. And the music is one of the best soundtracks I've heard.

My Great-great Grandfather fought for the North with the 82nd Indiana and got an eye infection after some battles in Tennessee. That was the end of his fighting. Except he fought the eye infection the rest of his life and was pretty much blind by the time he was 40. A side effect of war that we frequently forget.

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