James L. Kemper led a regiment during the Battle of Williamsburg in 1862 and later commanded a Brigade in Pickett’s Division during the Battle of Gettysburg, where he was wounded and captured. He was promoted to Major General in command of Virginia Reserve Forces in 1864. He was elected Governor of Virginia in 1874 and was considered to be a potential Vice President for President U.S. Grant. Why was a former Confederate major general thought suitable vice presidential material? This lecture will peel back the curtain of the 1993 GETTYSBURG film’s “reel” portrayal and provide accurate insight into the “real” man.