Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln depicts Abraham Lincoln entering Petersburg, Virginia on April 3, 1865 shortly after it had been captured by units including Anson Croman and the 20th Michigan Infantry Regiment.
The battlefield through which President Lincoln rides is southwest of where Anson Croman and the 20th Michigan had been stationed for much of the siege of Petersburg and where they had been involved in heavy fighting since March 25.
The movie continues to April 9 and the Confederate surrender at Appomattox. At that time Anson Croman’s and the 20th Michigan were southeast of Appomattox with other units protecting the Union’s southern flank and rebuilding the railroad to supply the Union army.
Leonard’s review: This is such a well made movie with great acting that all should appreciate it. The historical accuracy and clarity of discussion of the issues makes it one of the best Civil War films to use in a class.
The Musbachs and Robinsons are direct line descendents of Anson Croman.
Virginia: Follow Lincoln (and ‘Lincoln’) in Richmond, Petersburg by Katherine Calos, Los Angeles Times, November 18, 2012.