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“Mary Surratt - Guilty, Innocent, or does it matter?”

Apr 20, 2011 at 9:41pm | Filed Under “The Conspirator

Mary Surratt - Guilty, Innocent, or does it matter?
Less than three months after her arrest at her boarding house on H Street in Washington City, Mary Surratt would be hanged for her role in John Wilkes Booth's murderous plot.
from The Conspirator 53 comments

“Frederick Aiken: A Proper Defense”

Mar 14, 2011 at 9:41pm | Filed Under “The Conspirator

Frederick Aiken: A Proper Defense
Historian Fred Borch argues that Frederick Aiken (James McAvoy) did all that he could and provided a proper defense for Mary Surratt.
from The Conspirator 23 comments

“Edwin Stanton: Hero, Villain, or Something Else?”

Feb 25, 2011 at 6:40pm | Filed Under “The Conspirator

Edwin Stanton: Hero, Villain, or Something Else?
Edwin Stanton reportedly said when Abraham Lincoln died, "Now he belongs to the ages." Unfortunately the ages have been a lot kinder to the 16th president than they have to the war secretary.
from The Conspirator 45 comments

“Historians View the Assassination”

Apr 4, 2011 at 9:36pm | Filed Under “The Conspirator

Historians View the Assassination
In April of 1865 most northerners had little trouble discerning who was behind the assassination; they were convinced the Confederate government was involved.
from The Conspirator 87 comments

“Brig. Gen. Joseph Holt - His Role as Chief Prosecutor in the Military Tribunal”

Mar 28, 2011 at 8:43pm | Filed Under “The Conspirator

Brig. Gen. Joseph Holt - His Role as Chief Prosecutor in the Military Tribunal
Joseph Holt, a Kentucky lawyer and staunch Unionist, was confirmed by the Congress as President Lincoln's Judge Advocate General on September 3, 1862. This made Holt the top lawyer in the Army, and the principal legal advisor to Lincoln on all military legal matters.
from The Conspirator 73 comments

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  • TAFC_Staff
    04/26/2010 at 9:30pm

    TAFC_Staff

    Great question, root17.

    Patton did in fact read "Infantry Attacks", as did many other military leaders. It's not certain whether or not he read "Achtung Panzer!" but several sources confirm that he spoke fluent German, including the account of his interrogating of German SS commander Major General Anton Dunckern.

    Here's the link. We'll have to further look into some of this.

    from Patton
  • 04/26/2010 at 11:59am

    DoreeSimon

    johnson_dawg, what were the other films that you analyzed? That seems like a really interesting thesis!

    from Apollo 13
  • robstone
    04/26/2010 at 7:52am

    robstone

    you're right, johnson-dawg. the most admirable thing about the film was its depiction of battle and confusion in battle--it even confuses the viewer. there are certainly differing accounts of what happened in mogadishu. in fact, DoreeSimon just posted how matt eversmann was unhappy with his portrayal.

    what we liked about the film was it's very loyal adaptation of mark bowden's book, which was heavily researched. couple that with the military advisors and authentic equipment used and we've got what appears to be an impressively accurate retelling.

    from a storytelling perspective, it's got its issues, but we're looking at it as a piece of history brought to the screen. there were definitely omissions, and probably for various reasons. from the american point of view, it didn't take much of a political stance, and that was kind of a relief.

    from Black Hawk Down
  • root17
    04/25/2010 at 2:07pm

    root17

    Question on "Patton"

    At the battle of El Guettar, Patton exclaims, "….I read your book." Rommel's book as seen in the movie scene where his aides wake Patton in preparation for this battle is titled "The Tank in Attack." The book Rommel actually published (in 1937) was titled "Infanterie greift an" (about infantry actions in WWI). He was working on a follow-up book to be titled "Panzer greift an" but it was never published before Rommel's forced suicide in 1944. His notes were translated into English with the sometimes title of the book that was on Patton's night stand, but that was long after this battle.

    One book Patton might have read is "Achtung Panzer! The Development of Armored Forces, their Tactics and operational Potential", by Heinz Guderian, the architect of the German blitzkrieg attack with tanks and planes into France in 1940 (published in 1937). However, the 1937 edition was published in German, and I'm unsure if Patton could read German or if an English translation was available by this time. Anyone have any info on this?

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  • johnson_dawg
    04/23/2010 at 2:35pm

    johnson_dawg

    There are always different reasons for telling a story. In Blackhawk down I was very disapointed with the overall project. I was able to read Mark Bowden's collection of accounts from the survivors of the battle and seperate accounts from Night Stalkers and I don't feel like the movie told the story completly. I was impressed that they were able to show the pressures of the battle and the pure confusion that followed, but many of the stories were altered due to either political reasons or to simplify an already chaotic story. Some of the actors were a little awkward, but overall it isnt the most inaccurate movie out there, but it is far from the best.

    from Black Hawk Down
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“Historians View the Assassination”

87 commentsNov 17, 2009 at 4:00pm

In April of 1865 most northerners had little trouble discerning who was behind the assassination; they were convinced the Confederate government was involved. More

“Brig. Gen. Joseph Holt - His Role as Chief Prosecutor in the Military Tribunal”

73 commentsNov 17, 2009 at 4:00pm

Joseph Holt, a Kentucky lawyer and staunch Unionist, was confirmed by the Congress as President Lincoln's Judge Advocate General on September 3, 1862. This made Holt the top lawyer in the Army, and the principal legal advisor to Lincoln on all military legal matters. More

“Slavery, race, and the assassination”

56 commentsNov 17, 2009 at 4:00pm

On the evening of April 11, 1865, a large crowd gathered on the south lawn of the White House in Washington to hear President Abraham Lincoln deliver a speech from a second-floor balcony... More
 

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