Dramatic, by Robert L. Crowe, 1997
A replay of the Civil War battle near Chattanooga that resulted in 34,000 casualties in 3 days.The number and gender of characters can be changed to accommodate available participants. Price is for a master script. Make as many copies as is required for your ensemble.
Duration20 - 25 minutes
- 5 Females, 12 Males
Product Id: #705
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An excerpt …
(the stage is split into two camps, one Northern [N] and one Southern [S]. Dialogue coming from a particular area of the stage will help identify for the audience whether it is a Union or Confederate delivering the line. Some readers may cross back and forth to read parts as needed.)
CHORUS: Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord, He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored. Glory, glory hallelujah, His truth is marching on.
NORTHERN 1 [N1]: The 19th of September, 1863. My dear mother. I finally got the letter you wrote a month ago. I guess I’m lucky the mail got to me at all. I ain’t afraid, mother, so there’s no reason for you to be. We are still part of the Army of the Cumberland, under General Rosecrans. Why, we chased those Rebs right outa Chattanooga and we’re gonna push them into the ocean. I’m right proud to be in the Union Army. I’ll be back before you know I’m gone.
CHORUS: I wish I was in the land of cotton.
Old times there are not forgotten,
Look away, look a way, look away Dixieland.
WOMAN 1: (at a Southern dance) Oh, I’hm so proud of you. Joinin’ the Confederate Army, to protect all of us here at home.
SOUTHERN 1 [S1]: Thank you, Ma’am. It is the least that any Southern gentleman would do.
WOMAN 1: Why, I know you’ll lick them Yankees in short order. Then you can come back here in your pretty uniform and dance with me. You do dance divinely.
S3(AMBROSE): The name is Ambrose Doss. Company C, 19thAlabama Infantry. It was this way (he explains the structure of the army): The Army of the Tennessee, Polk’s Corps, Hindman’s Division, Deas’ Brigade. The 19thAlabama is part of General Zachariah Deas’ Brigade. We organized in Huntsville in 1861 We had 650 men … but we lost about half of them at Shiloh.
S4: And we would lose almost as many at Chickamauga. When the 19thAlabama surrendered near the end of the Civil War, we had only 76 men left.
S3(AMBROSE): But at Chickamauga … at Chickamauga we were right in the middle of it!
CHORUS: In Dixie land I’ll take my stand
To live and die in Dixie.
WOMAN 2: The field hospitals were set up in the few houses in the area, and there was a steady stream of wounded. My first was a mangled artilleryman who came in clinging to his bleeding horse.
WOMAN 3: A wounded soldier gave me a piece of paper with a love note written on it. It weren’t written for me but he gave it to me anyway. I cherished it just as if I knew who he was.
CHORUS: I have seen him in the watch fires of a hundred
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