GDG- Gettysburg Movie Question

Matt Diestel agatematt at
Mon Jan 30 10:10:48 CST 2012

> Esteemed GDG Member J. David Petruzzi Contributes:
> Actually, Freemantle would not have worn any military garb (and did not -
> while in America he wore civilian clothes).  To wear a uniform would have
> meant that the British sanctioned the Confederacy and were allied.  No
> agreement had yet been formalized, so while in this country (North or
> South) Freemantle wore nothing but civilian clothes.
> Brian Pohanka made that point during filming, and tried to get the
> producers to not have Freemantle in uniform - but having him in uniform
> looked "pretty" on screen and Brian's expert opinion was trumped.
> J.D.

     The civilian dress for military observers while within the confines of
the Confederacy seemed to have been universal regardless of the national
origin of the observer so, as noted,  the U.S. government could not assume
it was any form of official recognition of the legitimacy of the new
Southern republic.
   None of the European powers wanted one of their officers captured on an
American battlefield in full uniform and deal with the diplomatic fallout
from such an incident.
   However, the same style of dress seems not to have been in effect with
those foreign military officers attached to the Union armies. This was
particularly true of the Prussians --- for example there is a great shot of
a young Graf von Zeppelin in full uniform with Union forces where he first
became interested in the possible military uses of balloons.
    BTW, many of the reports concerning combat tactics, logistics etc. sent
back to Berlin were incorporated into the Prussian Army by its highly
capable commander, Field Marshal von Molke, and put into effect during both
the Austro-Prussian War of 1866 and the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71,
especially the use of military railroads.
                   With regards,

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