In the Trenches: The Confederate Line, 1864
Part 1 of 4: Confederate soldiers are in a late-war trench. One sticks a hat on a bayonet above the trench’s top log to draw enemy fire. Another uses binoculars to sight from whence the shot came while a third — the crack shot — shoots back… and celebrates another hit! Other soldiers talk of a home in the South destroyed by Yankees. They pick lice off one another and prepare for the next fight. Digitally animated shots strike the trench logs throughout. (Runtime 2:22)
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The Attack! The Union Line, 1864
Part 2 of 4: A scant line of Union soldiers man a trench. Confederate cannonballs explode on the trench’s edge while one whizzes by the viewer’s head. The Rebel Yell is heard and the men prepare to repulse a coming attack. Smoke fills the scene. Men check on their wounded comrades as the enemy flag appears atop the trench. Who will prevail? (Runtime 1:56)
Part 3 of 4: The opposing forces crave information on one another and both sides send troops from the relative safety of their trenches out between the lines to gain information, capture prisoners or exact revenge. The men from the previous scenes are ordered to leave their trenches to perform these dangerous assignments. One kicks over his coffee pot in anger. The men meet in the nearby woods with deadly consequences and amidst screaming artillery rounds. (Runtime 5:41)
The Hospital: Union Hospital, 1864
Part 4 of 4: A wounded soldier is carried into a terrible field hospital. A young Confederate prisoner is with them. Amidst the terrible screams and cries emerging from the operating room in the nearby barn, nurses tend to and scurry about the wounded, men talk and banter as a wheelbarrow of arms and legs, and another dead soldier, move past. Our wounded solider gets bad news from the surgeon — his leg must be amputated — and he pleas for another option as he’s deliriously carried into the operating room. (Runtime 3:33)