One of my favorite Civil War movies is Santa Fe Trail (1940). It’s a deceptive title for a Civil War movie, and it is packed with all sorts of historical inaccuracies that make Gettysburg and Glory faithful-to-the-facts renditions of their subject matter.
Here’s the trailer:
The movie addresses the role of slavery and abolitionists in the coming of the sectional conflict as well as how that conflict divided West Point classmates Jeb Stuart and George Armstrong Custer (as well as classmates James Longstreet and Phil Sheridan). I warned you about the movie as history … 🙂
But the movie does tell us something about how Americans at the time viewed the coming of the Civil War. Overshadowed by Gone With the Wind, this movie nevertheless has much to tell us about … wait for it … Civil War memory. If you want to watch it, click here.