Plot – According to General Robert E. Lee, the battle of Gettysburg would have changed Civil War's fate, but it turned into a disastrous defeat, which caused more soldiers casualties among any other battles in US history, at least 53.000.
All actors – Tom Berenger, Martin Sheen, Stephen Lang, Richard Jordan, Andrew Prine, Cooper Huckabee, Patrick Gorman, Bo Brinkman, James Lancaster, William Morgan Sheppard, Kieran Mulroney, James Patrick Stuartshow all
“Gettysburg” Quotes 23 quotes
“You call yourselves Americans, but you're really just transplanted Englishmen. Look at your names: Lee, Hood, Longstreet, Jackson, Stuart... and the same for your adversaries: Meade, Hooker, Hancock, and - shall I say - Lincoln! The same God, same language, same culture and history, same songs, stories, legends, myths - different dreams....” (continue)(continue reading)
“To be a good soldier you must love the army. To be a good commander you must be able to order the death of the thing you love.”
“We are here for something new, this has not happened much, in the history of the world. We are an army out to set other men free. America should be free ground, all of it, not divided by a line between slave states and free - all the way from here to the PacificOcean. No man has to bow. No man born to royalty. Here we judge you by what you do,...” (continue)(continue reading)
“Some came mainly because we were bored at home, thought this looked like it might be fun. Some came because we were ashamed not to. Many of us came because it was the right thing to do. And all of us have seen men die. This is a different kind of army. If you look back through history you will see men fighting for pay, for women, for some other...” (continue)(continue reading)
“- Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart: General Lee, there were reasons...
- Gen. Robert E. Lee: Perhaps you misunderstood my orders? Perhaps I did not make myself clear. Well sir, this must be made very clear. You, sir, with your cavalry, are the eyes of this army. Without your cavalry, we are made blind. That has already happened once. It must never, never...” (continue)(continue reading)
“Generals can do anything. There's nothing so much like a god on earth as a General on a battlefield.”
“No man will call me a coward.”
“I've been ordered to take you men with me, I'm told that if you don't come I can shoot you. Well, you know I won't do that. Maybe somebody else will, but I won't, so that's that. Here's the situation, the Whole Reb army is up that road aways waiting for us, so this is no time for an argument like this, I tell you. We could surely use you fellas,...” (continue)(continue reading)
“Whether you fight or not, that's up to you, whether you come along is... well, you're coming. You know who we are and what we are doing here, but if you are going to fight alongside us there are a few things I want you to know. This regiment was formed last summer, in Maine. There were a thousand of us then, there are less than 300 of us now....” (continue)(continue reading)
- Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain: Tell me something, Buster: what do you think of Negroes?
- Sgt. "Buster" Kilrain: If you mean the race, I don't really know. This is not a thing to be ashamed of. The thing is, you can not judge a race. Any man who judges by the group is a pea-wit. You take men one at a time.
“We are never quite prepared for so many to die. Oh, we do expect the occasional empty chair. A salute to fallen comrades. But this war goes on and on and the men die and the price gets ever higher. We are prepared to loose some of us, but we are never prepared to loose all of us.”
“- Gen. Robert E. Lee: We have never concerned ourselves with being outnumbered.
- Lieut. Gen. James Longstreet: That is true, sir. If we move to the south to Washington, they have to pursue us, and then we can fight on ground of our choosing.
- Gen. Robert E. Lee: But the enemy is here! We did not want the fight but the fight is here! How can I...” (continue)(continue reading)
“I don't think race or country matters a damn. What matters, Colonel, is justice. Which is why I'm here. I'll be treated as I deserve, not as my father deserved. I'm Kilrain and I damn all gentlemen. There is only one aristocracy, and that is right here [points to his head]. And that's why we've got to win this war.”
“All science trembles at the searing logic of your fiery intellect.”
“Your mission was to free this army from the enemy cavalry and report any movement by the enemy's main body. That mission was not fulfilled. You left here with no word of your movement or movement of the enemy for several days. Meanwhile, we were engaged here and drawn into battle without adequate knowledge of the enemy's strength or position,...” (continue)(continue reading)
“No good trying to get yourself killed, General. The Lord'll come for you in his own good time.”