It will bring tears to your eyes
Sometimes we discover films and videos on YouTube that are remarkable. This video is one of them. We often read and hear stories about the men who served on both sides of the Civil War, but this film captures the voices and inaction of the men at reunions who actually served on both sides and humanizes the Civil War in a spectacular way. Beware, it will probably bring tears to your eyes. The film is long (1 hour and 32 minutes), but well worth the time spent watching it. At 24 minutes you will even hear and see veterans at an joint reunion in Montgomery, Alabama talk about their experiences in the war, including several black bodyguard veterans who served along with their masters.
The description on YouTube describes the film best.
“A documentary featuring footage of real life civil war veterans, it shows a different time in the early 20th century when confederate and union veterans were able to reconcile with each other before events later in the 20th century reopened old wounds that had never fully healed. It also reveals the real reasons why confederate monuments were put up in the first place.”
Watch and listen for:
- Rare footage, including the first of film with sound of Civil War veterans at a joint reunion in Montgomery, Alabama around 24 minutes.
- A casual conversation between some veterans at the event about girls. Some veterans even danced with local girls in the film.
- Many Civil War veterans were Masons and a funeral ceremony which is typical of the Freemasons can be see and heard around 34 minutes.
- Associate Chief Justice and Veteran Oliver Wendell Holmes speaking around 43 minutes 44 seconds
- Reunions in Illinois and Maine – casual conversations with some of the veterans, including a glimpse at their humor
- New York City veterans marching with veterans of San Juan hill on Memorial Day
- Hear and see music and dancing by Civil War veterans
- Film of 75th anniversary of Gettysburg in 1938 when the Blue and Gray met jointly for reunion
- President Roosevelt speaking at dedication of the Peace monument
- Handful of Blue and Gray veterans shaking hands over a stone wall in respect for one another
Remembered for their sacrifice
In these days of politics when our country appears to be so divided on many issues, it is nice to see how these civil war veterans who were mortal enemies managed to reconcile for the good of the country. It appears both sides only wanted to be remembered for their sacrifice.
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