When Henry and Tom hear this, they are very upset. They are determined to fight as hard as they can, and with all their heart and souls. Henry and Tom prove themselves well in the battle. They steal the confederate flag, and are both brave enough to go out on the field without weapons. After the regiment retreats, the general recognizes both soldiers as extremely brave, and comment that they are fit to be generals themselves.
The hospital scenes also show that men are so accustomed to death, they know when someone is going to die, and can tell the degree of an injury when it happens. There is a major change in the men in this novel. At first, they are excited to join the army in order to help their country. After they see the truth about war, they learn very important assets of life such as death, destruction, and suffering. These emotions are learned in places like training camp, battles, and hospitals.
The film tells the legend of General George Armstrong Custer, the “Indian Fighter” and the controversy surrounding the notoriously ambitious General’s heroism followed after his final battle in the Black Hills. The General was idolized more after his death through the portrayal of a gallant death in the era’s print media, drawings and memoirs; hence the “Last Stand”. The controversy that follows Custer’s life seems to emanate from his methods and principles of securing victory in the military. It is undeniable that the General’s services in the US Cavalry were revered and appreciated by the nation as far as the constituent’s political and economic gross gain was concerned. However, the manner in which the over-gallant Custer made military decisions and his aggressive ambition for honor and hero status resembles the US’s political and military means, the source of the mixed feelings towards his heroism.
During that time war was glorified and men who went to fight for "Queen and country" were greatly respected heroes and thought highly of and the men who fed these images of how they would be viewed as heroes through propaganda. The increasing positive tone in the first two stanzas reflects this, and shows that the speaker enjoyed being viewed as this. Alfred Lord Tennyson also appears to explore the theme of patriotism and the idea of men fighting heroically in his poem. He portrays the 'Charge of the Light Brigade' as brave, using words like "onward", "forward" and "charge" to display this. This suggests the men were continually battling on against "the valley of death".
Henry joined the army because he was drawn to the glory of military conflict, but since he joined, all the army has done is wait. At last the regiment is given the orders to march, and the soldiers spend several wearying days traveling on foot. Eventually they near a battlefield, and they begin to hear the distant roar of battle. After taking their positions, they were charged by the enemy; Henry, boxed in by his fellow soldiers, realizes that he could not run even if he wanted to. He fires mechanically, feeling like a gear in a huge machine.
In the Killer Angels supplement, the beautiful depiction of the war grounds is harshly interrupted by the grim commencement of the fighting. These men, through their devotion to their country, were proud to stay either until they died, or until the fighting had ceased. Many references to God are made in this Second Inaugural Address, and these references are also made in the Killer Angels. The soldiers in the battle
The men of the 54th Regiment proved themselves worthy of the freedom for which they fighting, and the respect of their fellow white soldiers. “Glory” is told mainly through the eyes of Shaw, played by Matthew Broderick. At the beginning of the movie, Shaw is fighting in a battle, and manages to survive, despite heavy Union losses. He is horrified with the violence of the war, and returns home to recover from his wounds. Shaw is recruited to lead the newly formed black regiment.
Vicksburg was one of the main battles that turned the war around, giving the Union Army the upper hand. All of these major battles lead to the defeat and surrender of Robert E. Lee at the Appomattox Court House in 1865. General Grant’s military skills were gained throughout his life as a soldier. All of these skills were used as he defeated countless enemies and won major battles. His expertise’s lead him to victories throughout the whole war, which ultimately helped him play a main role in the Union victory.
Henry is surrounded by his fellow union soldiers, so he begins to fire his gun as the other members of the regiments but ultimately he scared in the midst of battle. Eventually the union soldiers prevail over the confederate soldiers as the victors and begin to congratulate one another, shortly after Henry decides to take a nap. Henry is awaken by the sound of the confederate soldiers attacking his regiment and fear ceases him and causes him to run away from the battle. While walking across the fields Henry tries to reason with himself and convince himself that there was no way that his regiment could have won so he was right to run away and save himself, because staying would have been like committing suicide. After a while Henry encounters a commander talking to a general and overhears that his regiment was able to hold back the confederate charge.
Marching onward toward Gettysburg, where the most deciding battle of the Civil War would take place. As he immerses his audience into combat with the soldiers, Shaara demonstrates the more emotional aspects of war by highlighting the personal lives of the men fighting. For example, when Shaara reveals the pasts of James Longstreet and Lewis Armistead’s, I started to picture them as the men that they were and not as soldiers out for blood. After suffering a devastating loss of three of his children to fever, Longstreet is tossed into battle. In Armistead’s case, he not only suffered the loss of his wife, but also of a friend fighting on the Union side, General Winfield Scott Hancock.