6 comments on “Travesty to History: Gettysburg Documentary Wins Four Emmys

  1. The stuff about artillery effects is true, and actually much worse. The percussion from being close to all those guns going off during Longstreet’s Assault (that’s Picket’s Charge, for any boys and girls that maybe reading) actually knocked teeth out of men’s heads in some cases! I know you say you have never heard this before, but i’ve heard many a Gettysburg Park Ranger talk about this over the years and i doubt they’re wrong. Maybe you need to get to the real Gettysburg soon and talk to some Rangers.

    • Sure maybe it happened once or twice. But I’ve also heard Park Rangers say Buford was able to hold off Heth’s initial assault due to the cavalrymen having Spencer repeater carbines.
      They, of course, weren’t mass produced and purchased until October 1863. For the most part, of course, Rangers are among the best informed experts. As with any group, there are going to be clinkers here and there.
      So go based on heresay if you wish, but any artillery scholars will tell you that sure, teeth may have gotten knocked out a time or two, and a lot of the men had diminished hearing. But having artillery crew simply spontaneously combusting is really beyond the pale. My library contains thousands of letters, thousands of contemporary newspapers, thousands of reminiscences, over 2000 books by participants and 2500 secondary books – I have yet to find one primary source that any such injuries were ever reported by anyone.
      Go back, if you can, and watch that dunderhead Sean Rich’s piece again. He literally said that artillerymen’s guts commonly exploded, and the men would blow up from it. Then watch him on “Pawn Stars.” He knows the workings of guns decently well, but listen as he starts explaining HOW the guns were used – most gun experts will tell you he’s wrong more often than not. Not that that’s wrong, just that it’s generally agreed in the industry that Sean talks way over his head when it comes to armament history and facts.

      • I used to love Pawn Stars, and still like it to a degree, but every time I see good ol’ Sean I cannot help but cringe. He’s almost as fun to watch as the other “expert”, Dana, who apparently knows everything about the world, and 10x more than that. He knows what time I had my morning coffee today.

  2. Having lived in Carlisle, PA for 10 years as a child, and then later living in Gettysburg, I’m a big fan of history. All eras of it. I’m not an expert on any period, but I love to read about it, watch about it, et cetera. So, when I saw that this program was coming on, I was excited. I watched it with my wife. Even she, who has almost zero knowledge of history, knew enough to be disgusted by it. And when I told her that this POS won an Emmy, she said, “What the hell was it up against? The Da Vinci Code?”

  3. Not even worth the digital film they shot it on. About as accurate as, well, “The Da Vinci Code.” Guess this shows that people have no real interest in seeing what history is really like, and refuse to check the facts on docudramas like “Crappysburg!” God help us. :/

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