|Common as Elam, Anson Mount as Cullen in AMC’s “Hell on Wheels”|
I've mentioned AMC's Western TV series, Hell on Wheels before. The last episode was last year after running for 5 seasons. Despite it's TERRIBLE and anticlimactic ending, it was an excellent series and, despite the raunchiness of some of the scenes, I'd recommend those interested in the WBTS and Western expansion watch it. The acting is superb and authentic. As I previously noted, it is one of the most politically incorrect television shows to air in the last 20 years. Though certainly not true to history, it does contain some authentic themes and historic references and parallels about the events depicted. Netflix carries all 5 seasons. I've seen every show, but started watching them all over again last night as some of the show's themes tie into some research I'm currently involved in.
Google notes the following about the series:
The Civil War is in the past, but former Confederate soldier [actually, a colonel] Cullen Bohannon can't put it behind him. Fresh are the horrific memories of the death of his wife, killed at the hands of the Union soldiers, an act that sets Bohannon on a course of revenge. This contemporary Western tells the story of his journey, a story that rides on Union Pacific's construction of the first transcontinental railroad. Bohannon's westward travels take him to a lawless melting pot of a town called "Hell on Wheels," which moves with the construction of the railroad.In the series, Bohannon owned 5 slaves but claims to have set them all free a year before the WBTS started due to the fact his yankee wife made him see the evils of slavery. Ironically, she's raped and strangled by Union marauders during Sherman's Meridian Campaign while her husband is away defending Southern honor (his words), and not slavery. (Sounds like the script was written by an SCV Member. LOL.) Another twist of irony: Bohannon becomes close friends with a former slave employed on the railroad. After beating the crap out of each other, they ending up saving each others' lives and grow to respect and admire one another. Bohannon also ends up becoming somewhat of a confidant of President Grant.
Anyway, there were some recent comments on another blog about Sherman's March through the South which reminded me of this scene. Enjoy.