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Spirit of '76

Dramatic recreation of the ca. 1875 painting "The spirit of '76" by Archibald M. Willard. Film opens on a stage with a painted backdrop of a battlefield and stage props of dirt, stones, and a broken wagon wheel. From stage left marches a trio of Revolutionary soldiers in a fife and drum corps. As in the painting, the center drummer is a tall, older, white-haired man in a white shirt and dark vest. On his left, the other drummer is a young boy dressed in a uniform with a tricorner hat and boots to the knee. On the right marches a dark-haired fife player with a bandaged head, dressed in an unbuttoned uniform. When they reach center stage, the three march in place and play a tune as smoke from the battlefield drifts behind them. The soldiers then turn around, march towards the backdrop, and off stage right. A flash of smoke on stage simulates canon fire, after which the drummers and fife player march back onstage, still playing. After they have performed briefly, a man in a uniform and tricorner hat enters behind them, waving a large American flag. The corps continues to march in place and play as the flag waves.                                               

Video Information
Year: 1904
Genre: Historical
Keywords: Willard; Archibald M; ;--1836-1918; --"The spirit of '76"--Drama; United States--History--Revolution; 1775-1783--Battlefields--Drama; Fife and drum corps--United States--Drama; Revolutionaries--United States--Drama; Patriotism--United States--Drama; Tableaux; Silent films; Historical re-creations; Vaudeville; Shorts;
Duration: 00:00:57
Color: No
Sound: No
Amount of Motion: Medium
Language: English
Sponsor: Thomas Edison
Contributing Organization: Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division
Transcript Available: No

Digitization Information
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Digitizing Organization: Library of Congress

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