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- Feb 23, 2013
- East Texas
After the freak snowfall during the previous week, Saturday February 25, 1989 was a clear, beautiful, but COLD morning that slowly gave way to a very pleasant afternoon; unfortunately, the only images I have of that day are in the form of screen captures from my DVD of Glory like the heavily edited one above. Of course this was the day we filmed possibly the largest single sequence, the "Boston" parade sending the 54th Mass. off to The Seat of War, as described here: https://civilwartalk.com/threads/twenty-five-years-ago-my-brush-with-glory.95319/post-810077 Amazingly, the film crew got everything they needed in this single day, other than possibly several inserts showing individual members of the crowd such as Sergeant Major Mulcahy as discussed last week. This was a HUGE scene including large numbers of extras, both military and civilian crowd members, most of whom turned out in the hundreds for nothing more than the thrill of participating, a box lunch, and a souvenir T-shirt like the one below that I somehow managed to snag at the end of the day!
One brief story I've never bothered to repeat that I thought was nice at the time concerned one of our soldiers in the Background Company, a gregarious college-age young man who for some reason (school?) was not always present with us, possibly only half the time or less. In addition to the extras, since we were filming in downtown Savannah and it was Saturday there were many citizens who had also come to watch, and among them was at least one young lady who it seemed had quite a crush on Matthew Broderick! Somehow during breaks between takes our "soldier" wound up talking with her, then approached Matthew on her behalf and arranged a quick meeting on the sidelines before we started again.
Anyone else having (preferably) old Civil War-related photos, mementoes, or memorabilia they would like to share is welcome and encouraged to do so in this weekly feature!