The Movie Timeline - be obsessive, be very obsessive


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1862

11th October: Confederate cavalry leader General J.E.B. Stuart loots Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, on a daring raid in the aftermath of the Battle of Antietam. (Chambersburg, Pennsylvania - Gettysburg)

27th November: Robert Shaw starts training soldiers. (Readville Camp, Massachusetts - Glory)

1863

Money is printed, later to be held for an emergency by Doc Brown. (Back to the Future Part II)

Abraham Lincoln is kidnapped and taken to the future. (Washington - Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure)

San Francisco Examiner is founded as Democratic Press. (San Francisco, California - Cloud Atlas)

In Costner, Blake, & Wilson's Dances with Wolves: The Illustrated Story of the Epic Film, on page 2 it states: "As the Union Army advanced through Tennessee in the bloody autumn of 1863, ..." It's obvious that the movie starts in 1863. On page 10 of the same book: "In the spring, Lieutenant John Dunbar made the long and weary journey westward." So, Dunbar was sent to Fort Hays, Dakota Territory in the spring of 1864, NOT 1865. I've deduced the main events of Dances with Wolves all occurred in 1864--from springtime to when the first snow falls. (Dakota Territory - Dances with Wolves)

Amsterdam Vallon kills Butcher Bill. (New York - Gangs of New York)

The Federal Army faces the army of North Virginia at Little Round Top. (Gettysburg)

A Presbyterian Church is established. (New York - New Year's Eve)

Dr. Frankenstein transplants Karl's brain into a new body, which later murders others. Angry patients at the hospital attack Frankenstein and leave him for dead. Kleve places Frankenstein's brain in a body that resembles his original one. (Carlsbruck, Germany - The Revenge of Frankenstein)

Men delivering gold are killed by a futuristic machine gun; their cargo mysteriously disappears. (Timecop)

20th January: General Ambrose Burnside's Army of the Potomac begins an offensive against General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia that quickly bogs down as several days of heavy rain turn the roads of Virginia into a muddy quagmire. The campaign is abandoned three days later. (Gods and Generals)

25th January: General Ambrose Burnside is removed as commander of the Army of the Potomac. (Gods and Generals)

2nd May: Stonewall Jackson flanks General Joseph Hooker at Chancellorsville. (Gods and Generals)

10th May: Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson dies. (Gods and Generals)

24th May: Henry Plummer is elected sheriff of Bannack, Montana. (Bannack, Montana - Montana Territory)

28th May: The 54th Massachusetts leaves Boston. (Glory)

9th June: Robert Shaw's soldiers arrive. (Beaufort, South Carolina - Glory)

13th July: Anger over the Union draft triggers massive protests that explode into four days of violent riots. (New York City - Gangs of New York)

18th July: Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and 272 of his troops are killed in an assault on Fort Wagner. (Fort Wagner, Charleston, South Carolina - Glory)

26th July: Sam Houston dies. (Texas - The Alamo)

19th November: Abraham Lincoln delivers the Gettysberg address. (Gettysberg, Pennsylvania - Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter)

4th December: A National Plebiscite is held to determine if the Mexican Nation shall adopt a monarchial form of government and make tender of the Crown to His Serene Highness Archduke Maximillian von Habsburg - with the assistance of persuasive federal troops, the measure passes with 99% of the vote. (Mexico - Juarez)

14th December: President Lincoln announces a grant of amnesty for Mrs. Emilie Todd Helm, Mary Lincoln's half sister and the widow of a Confederate general. (Lincoln)

1864

Santa Claus The Seventeenth dies. (Arthur Christmas)

Money is printed, later to be held for an emergency by Doc Brown. (Back to the Future Part II)

The siege of Petersburg, where Inman becomes a deserter. (Petersburg - Cold Mountain)

Hercule Poirot born. (Belgium - Death on the Nile)

9th February: Union General George Armstrong Custer marries Elizabeth Bacon. (Monroe, Michigan - The Hard Ride)

1st March: President Lincoln nominates Ulysses S. Grant for the newly revived rank of lieutenant general. (Lincoln)

9th April: General Ulysses S Grant surrendered to General Robert E Lee. (just outside Washington D.C. - C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America)

11th May: Confederate Cavalry General J.E.B. Stuart is mortally wounded. (Richmond, Virginia - Gettysburg)

18th June: Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain is wounded. (Petersburg, Virginia - Gettysburg)

6th July: Confederate General Jubal Early's troops cross the Potomac River and capture Hagerstown, Maryland. (Hagerstown, Maryland - Gettysburg)

17th July: John Bell Hood takes command of the Army of Tennessee. (Gettysburg)

1st August: Union General Ulysses S. Grant appoints General Philip Sheridan commander of the Army of the Shenandoah. (Abraham Lincoln)

5th August: David Farragut leads his flotilla through the Confederate defenses at Mobile, Alabama, to seal one of the last major Southern ports. (Mobile, Alabama - Hearts in Bondage)

28th August: Union General Alfred Terry is promoted from Brigadier General to Major General of the United State Volunteers . (The Legend of Custer)

29th November: The Sand Creek Massacre. (Kiowa County, Colorado - Iron Man 3)

1865

Lt John Dunbar is transferred to the western frontier at his own request, to see it before it's gone. (Dances with Wolves)

A picture of Prince William is taken. (The Fog)

Blondie, Angel Eyes and Tuco, search for buried gold during the US civil war. (The Southern United States - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly)

In our world, Cyrus Rooney is gored to death while trying to crossbreed a bull with a Clydesdal horse. In an alternate universe, he lives and is perceived as a genius. (John Dies at the End)

The Reno Brothers return home from the Civil War where they are greeted by their younger brother Clint who sings a little rock and roll. (Texas - Love Me Tender)

The last ironclad ship to run the Union blockade. (Richmond, Virginia - Sahara)

Gideon, a commander in the US Army, orders the burning down of a deserted officer, Carver, resulting in the death of his wife and child. (Seraphim Falls)

17th February: The soldiers from Union General William Tecumseh Sherman's army ransack Columbia, South Carolina, and leave a charred city in their wake. (Columbia, South Carolina - How the West Was Won)

20th March: Future actress Charlotte Lucie Marie Ad (Vaujours, Seine-Saint-Denis, France - Hugo)

2nd April: The Confederates are loading Confederate $20 gold coins aboard the ironclad CSS Texas, which has a gun battle down river until disappearing into a fog bank, to be found 140 years later by Dirk Pitt of NUMA in the Sahara desert. (The James River, Vingina - Sahara)

9th April: Col. Ben Cameron "The Little Colonel" is released from a Northern hospital and returns to South Carolina. (Northern USA - The Birth of a Nation)

9th April: General Robert E. Lee C.S.A. surrenders to General Ulysses S. Grant in the Appomattox Court House, bringing an end to hostilities between the North and South. (Appomattox County, Virginia - The Birth of a Nation)

9th April: Col. Owen Devereaux chooses to ignore a white flag of surrender and orders the slaughter of a hundred Confederate soldiers. (Jacob's Bend, Colorado Territory - The Man From Colorado)

14th April: Henry Sturgess tells Abraham Lincoln that he could make him immortal, but Lincoln declines and hands his journal to him. He leaves with his wife to go to the opera. (Washington, DC - Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter)

14th April: A half-man, half-fish hybrid is found, and named Abraham. (Hellboy)

14th April: President Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theatre. (Washington, D.C. - National Treasure: Book of Secrets)

14th April: Vice President Andrew Johnson receives a note from John Wilkes Booth: "Don't wish to disturb you. Are you at home?" Johnson dismisses it as being from "just another office seeker". (Washington, D.C. - Tennessee Johnson)

15th April: In an alternate universe, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln is prevented. (Washington D.C. - Hot Tub Time Machine 2)

22nd April: The Little Colonel, Ben Cameron, learns of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, bemoaning: "We have lost our friend. What is to become of us now?" (Piedmont, South Carolina - The Birth of a Nation)

6th June: William Quantrill killed by Union soldiers. (Kentucky - Quantrill's Raiders)

July: Under orders from the U.S. Army, Capt. Gideon and his men arrive to arrest former Confederate officer Col. Morsman Carver. Capt. Gideon orders the torching of the barn, but the house catches fire as well. Carver's wife & family are killed in the blaze. (Seraphim Falls - Seraphim Falls)

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