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Connecticut's Rep. Joe Courtney asks Steven Spielberg to fix 'Lincoln' error




Sure, everyone has been calling Steven Spielberg's Lincoln a wonderfully accurate portrayal of the passage of the 13th amendment, but a Connecticut representative has taken issue with that, mostly because the movie is wrong about his state's voting record on the amendment. If only something like that were easy to look up.

Rep. Joe Courtney, a Democrat for the record, watched the Oscar-nominated epic and was a little unhappy to see two Connecticut congressmen voted against the amendment in the movie, which didn't sound right to him, reports. He took a few minutes to research it and found that indeed, all four Connecticut congressmen were in favor of the measure in 1865, so Courtney wrote to Spielberg.

"How could congressmen from Connecticut -- a state that supported President Lincoln and lost thousands of her sons fighting against slavery on the Union side of the Civil War -- have been on the wrong side of history?" Courtney wrote. He noted Augustus Brandegee, James English, Henry Deming and John Henry Hubbard all voted aye, which would not make them part of the so-called Copperhead Democrats who opposed the war.

Courtney didn't receive a response yet, but he did ask for it to corrected for the movie's DVD release. We think the Academy should be made aware of such an egregious error, as well.

[Photo: Twentieth Century Fox]


[Last modified: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 3:55pm]


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