Surprised was I, being a Daughter of the American Revolution and a Daughter of the Confederacy to find a Civil War film, I’ve never seen. It’s from 1993, starring a young Josh Lucas, Clive Owen, Laura Linny. My family settled in Virginia before the revolution.
Synopsis by Sandra BrennanThe titular year refers to the class of 1861, and the implied school is the venerable West Point Academy. This made-for-television drama centers on one of that classes most illustrious students, George Armstrong Custer, and tells how the Civil War affected his friendship with two classmates, one who supported the Union and the other a staunch believer in the Confederate cause. Custer himself stood between, wrestling with his own convictions.
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Three West Point 1861 generation cadets and friends go on opposite sides after the breakout of The Civil War, with tragic consequences. A subplot involves Lucius, a Shelby Peyton’s slave, who kills a slave trader and goes on the run.
Currently playing on NetFlix this month