Racism and prejudice are key themes; many characters' assumptions are challenged, and some are models of tolerance and acceptance.
War violence. A soldier's head is blown off by cannon fire. Soldiers are shown firing rifles and fighting and killing with bayonets. A soldier found guilty of attempted desertion is shown being whipped on the back; when he removes his shirt, his back is covered in the scars of previous whippings from when he was a slave. During the looting of a southern town, a man strikes a woman in the face and is then shot and killed by his commanding officer. Screams of wounded soldiers in a military hospital after a major battle, including one man begging doctors not to cut him anymore. Inference of rape as a weapon of war from a corrupt military officer.
Use of the "N" word, as well as outdated words such as "Negro" and "colored." Occasional profanity throughout.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking at parties. The night before a major battle, two officers drink shots of alcohol. Cigar and cigarette smoking throughout.