Last night, my friend Dave Zohn, who is a communications major, helped me make a short documentary on the Civil War. Although it does look a bit amateurish, Rich Man’s War, Poor Man’s Fight: The Dead of the Civil War will still leave a feeling of sadness in you. Please check it out.
For the background music, I chose, “I Could Have Done More” by John Williams. The piece was lifted from Schindler’s List and there is not a more perfect sound that could go with the pictures on display. It is sad, beautiful, and haunting, all at the same time.
The images being displayed throughout the course of the video are very disturbing. Often times we see paintings, romanticizing the glory of battle, but very rarely do we see the actual battlefield photos of dead soldiers lying in the fields, days, even months after the battle. That is what this video is, a tribute to those dead soldiers whose memories are almost all but forgotten now.
Though this film only encompasses Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Gettysburg, there was no shortage of depressing photos to sift through. It is hard to imagine that all the blood shed in these three battles alone are only a mere fraction of the utter devastation seen in the four years of fighting.
I hope you will enjoy it, and see why the Civil War means so much to me.