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American Civil War (1861-1865)
'Lost Shoes' finds its target eventually
'Lost Shoes' finds its target eventually

When it's not serving as a promotional tool for the venerable Virginia Military Institute, "Field of Lost Shoes" proves an impressively rendered if decidedly old-fashioned retelling of the American Civil War's one-day Battle of New Market. It takes a while for the script by David M. Kennedy, Thomas F. Farrell II and Ron Bass to lay out the deep historical context of this true story set in 1864. Between introducing the era's array of political and military figures, the many cadets of VMI, a household of young women who tend to the soldiers and various slaves and slave traders, it can all get a bit dizzying. Meanwhile, identifying title cards feel more like...