I was curious about 2 characters in the movies "Gettysburg" and "Gods and Generals". Was Harrison (the scout for Longstreet) and the black man that was the cook for Jackson real people or just characters in the movies? Thanks in advance.
Both were real people. Longstreet talks about Harrison in his memoirs. However, Harrison never participated in Pickett's Charge. Jackson's cook was a real person but his name escapes me; I don't know if the movie made an accurate portrayal of the man.
____________________ "Cleburne is here!" meant that all was well. -Daniel Harvey Hill
Actually Harrison had been an actor, salesman, professional gambler of sorts and all around failure at most things he tried before the war. But he had the charisma that people liked. From what I recall people just liked the fella and would talk to him; he used that for the CS to good effect. I believe he was shot and killed out west somewhere after the war over a card game; but I don't recall where I read that off hand.
Jackson's cook was real, I do believe Jim was the name. But he bore no last name. He was liked and respected enough that a headstone graces his grave.
"After the war, Harrison took his wife and daughter to Mexico. But in 1866, facing marital difficulties, Harrison left Mexico to prospect for gold near in Montana. From 1867 through 1892, Harrison's whereabouts remained unknown. Laura Broders assumed that he was dead and later remarried. In 1893, Harrison moved to Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1901, Harrison got a job in Cincinnati as a detective for the Municipal Reform League. In 1912, he moved to Covington, Kentucky and applied for a Confederate pension. On October 28, 1923, Harrison died in Covington at the age of 91. He is buried at Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky."