Civil War Photo Contest
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- Feb 23, 2013
- East Texas
Although the item above is fairly recent (after all, it is the cover for a current commercially-available DVD), the film itself dates to 1956, so I thought it was a suitable subject for this week's Throwback Thursday. Readers might've noticed a lapse two weeks ago - that's because at the time I was touring northern Georgia enroute to the latest CWT Gathering at Ringgold/Chickamauga detailed here in many recent threads, my latest of which concerns the very event dramatized in the movie:
Upon returning home I got out my copy to re-watch, and was reminded what a faithful telling of the story it really is! Considering the facts that it's a Walt Disney Production, made at the height of the often corny and unbelievable TV Western genre, starring two of Disney's stable of wooden actors, Fess Parker (better known as Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier and Daniel Boone) and Jeff York (better known as Lil' Abner and Mike Fink, King of the River) there were plenty of possibilities for failure. But it's saved by a reasonable (if sometimes hokey and sentimentalist) script that stays faithful to events as they occurred; a good supporting cast including Jeffery Hunter (of later solid performances in The Longest Day as a U.S. army engineer sergeant "John Doe" and King of Kings as the title character, Jesus), John Lupton, and Slim Pickens; and best of all actual period locomotives (courtesy the B&O Railroad Museum) operating on an abandoned North Georgia spur whose terrain is a good match for the original.
Anyone else having old Civil War-related photos, mementoes, or memorabilia is welcome and encouraged to post them in this thread as well!