When you hear the names "Robert E. Lee" and "Stonewall Jackson," what first comes to mind? It will likely be something different once you and your family view the Warriors of Honor DVD by New Liberty Videos. The Warriors of Honor DVD is a documentary covering the lives of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, highlighting their deep Christian faith lived out during the Civil War. The film is 80 minutes long. (There are also 3 bonus segments on varying topics. The total time of the bonus topics is 21 minutes.) It covers background for both men. It shares about their family life: their wives and their children. It covers many of the battles of the war, a few of which were new to me. It shares about their relationship with their soldiers. Lee's life post-war is told about. Their deaths are also covered by the video.
The film includes both pictures, reenactments and historians talking. There is such variety, the documentary never feels stale. The film was set up so that both Lee and Jackson were woven throughout. It did not feel choppy.
My favorite parts were those that told of specific times and places. It was wonderful to hear of the heroism and humility of Lee and Jackson. The character of these men was truly incredible. A secondary theme of this film was that of redeeming the reputation of the South. Even though slavery was indeed an evil practice, it shared many positives of the Confederacy.
How we used the film..
We watched the documentary together one evening as a family. I didn't want to do it during "school time," since I knew my history-loving husband wouldn't want to miss out. We watched all 80 minutes straight through because no one wanted to stop watching. (Well, we did pause it a few times for discussion and comments.) My oldest son took American History last year, so throughout the movie it was good to hear him say, "Oh, yeah! I remember studying that!"