Go ahead, feel free to disagree LOL!
Yes, it started slow but what made y'all feel it was slow in the middle all the way to the end. I found the story very believable. If we admit that picketts fraternized and that trading between the troops was common I don't understand what made this so unbelievable. What other course of action could they have taken? Maybe the wounded Yank should have challenged the Confederate kid to an instant shootout?
I'm from the backwoods part of Louisiana and have spent my share of nights out under the stars and can tell you that if I were in their situation I may have hunkered down to wait for daylight too. As Charlie Daniels said... "There's things that fly and things that crawl and things that creep around on the ground". Throw in two blind and confused picket lines, where neither group knew how to locate and I bet you may have "set a spell" too.
Do y'all recall the comment close to the end when one soldier whom I can't name without spoilling the plot for those who haven't seen it made the statement that what they were doing "wasn't Christian and you know it"? I know Christian morals mean nothing to most folks these days but it was a common occurence back then for acts of Christian kindness to take place on the battlefield.
I respect the opposing view on this movie but my eyes were a little moist by the end. I guess I just see things differently than most folks.