Anyone else watching the Civil War series now on PBS? It appears to be a new one by Ken Burns. Tonight is the final episode - 1965. I'm watching to see who wins. So far Grant and Lee are squared off at Petersburg and Lee's only hope is to link up with Johnston in North Carolina. I hope the Union is saved.
Well, it is over. The Union won. Last part towards the end included some film from the 75th Anniversary of Gettysburg in 1938 with just a few vets left. A reb did the rebel yell and another one identified it as such. I never imagined it was like that. Kind of a wooo (longer with emphasis) woo (short), (slight hesitation) woo woo (both medium length). They also mentioned Custer riding way ahead of his troops with his sword at the parade in DC. They didn't say his horse ran off with him.
I thought it was a rerun of the original, and didn't watch it because I just bought the DVD, and my TV time is limited.
That's what I first thought the other day till watching it. The original Ken Burns epic was about 8 or 9 episodes with that sorrowful violin theme song music playing the whole time. That has probably been 15 or 20 years ago. This one is shorter with different music. Same style video with a camera panning across old photographs. Mostly narration with an occaslonal talking head such as Shelby Foote. DirectTV didn't give a copyright date so I think it is new but could be of recent vintage.
Maybe a re-cut of the original. That series catapulted "Ashokan Farewell" to the top of the charts in folk music circles.
I really liked the original. Our family's only regret was that my grandfather was no longer alive to comment on it.
Probably, they only have so many photographs and so many diaries to work with anyway. Same quotes from Mary Chestnut and Elisha Hunt Rhodes among others. This one seemed more people oriented than battle oriented. The main battles were mentioned with Custer getting credit for saving the Union rear at Gettysburg. In this version, Custer only got mention in 1965 for the parade in DC and his later demise at LBH. Nothing about him being at Appomattox which the original version had him there and participating. Seems like everything involving the cavalry was credited to Sheridan. At least this I could watch without that whiny crybaby musical theme in the background which got old fast.
Britt: Next time I see Mark O'Conner at a bluegrass fesival I will tell him you think his composition was whiny. It did get a little old though.
"Bluegrass music, that's where it's at, Let's here it for ol Lester Flatt. ..." Know that one?
That's the classic civil war rebel theme music. It only gets whiny when it plays over and over again. Usually plays about the time Tuco or someone is going to get beat up. I imagine if he played it for three days straight at a festival, the few remaining would probably give him a working over too.