Johnny-the True Story of a Civil War Legend
In 1861, one boy's quest to become part of a war that was tearing the country apart would lead him into an adventure like no other. Running away from his home in Newark, Ohio, he left to join the 22nd Michigan Infantry and, against opposition from the officers, he struggled to be accepted by the men of the regiment. His adventures would lead him into battle, fighting against the Confederate forces at Chickamauga, and beyond. Johnny's true story comes to life in this all-new documentary, a film nearly two-years in the making. Director R. David Burns and Executive Producer Wayne W. Whited have sorted through the legend to find the true facts about the boy's adventures to tell the heroic tale of a young boy's determination and struggle against war, disease, death and destruction that was the American Civil War. Extra Features include Actor and Director Audio Commentary, Production Subtitles, Blooper Reel, Deleted and Extended Scenes, Special Music Video, 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround, Closed Caption Subtitles
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I highly recommend seeing this film, as I remember seeing Walt Disney's "Johnny Shiloh" starring Kevin Corocran and being fascinated by the story. Johnny is a wonderful movie of the courage, determination and the love of his country a young boy had.
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who were blue and gray as soldiers in the Civil War. On both sides, there were thousands of boys who were in uniform for both the South and the North as couriers and drummer boys. This DVD documentary emphasized how Officers both North and South were chivalrous with such youth; Officers both North and South, sent those young boys back to their own lines rather than hold them in prison?! Johnny Clem was born in Newark, Ohio, and ran away to serve in the Union Army.
This narrative separates myth or legend from fact. True, Johnny Clem went to join the 22nd Michigan Vol. Infantry, and, despite opposition from Officers, he struggled and prevailed due to his exceptional behavior and character to be accepted by the men in the regiment. He was in terrible battles such as Chickamauga, and was stationed with his regiment in Nashville, Tennessee. This is a heroic story of a boy who was not born into social or economic privilege, but struggled by his own merit and accomplishments to prevail despite disease, death, destruction in the American Civil War. Whether Boy or Man, Girl or Woman,
the viewer shall benefit from this documentary of a boy who became a national hero and a true-to-life legend in his own life time. In his adult life he became
a General Officer in the U.S. military. There is another excellent feature in this DVD. I have been to several civil war re-enactments for battles and history. Always, I am left with the unrelenting disturbance about Americans killing Americans, which this DVD does not glorify at all. Johnny Clem as an Adult, met the Adult Southern Officer whom he wounded in battle as a boy. In adult life, both of them became good friends. This DVD is outstanding!