Gabor Boritt, former professor and director emeritus of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, co-authored a June 26 article for Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch about the history included in the movie "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter."
'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter': Lincoln versus vampires, history versus Hollywood
There is no historical evidence that vampires had any involvement with the Confederate army at the Battle of Gettysburg. Or, in fact, any other aspect of Abraham Lincoln’s life. Nor is it likely that Lincoln wielded his rail splittin’ axe-shotgun combo in ninja-like fashion to kill said vampires. And Lincoln certainly did not race along the roof of a Gettysburg-bound train careening downwards off a burning bridge collapsing a thousand feet into a chasm in the middle of the night. The flagrant lack of historical accuracy in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter should be obvious from the title alone. It’s safe to say the film’s creators never intended for it to be considered an accurate historical portrayal. Neverthless, sporadically throughout the film, on certain points and themes, the movie does touch accurately on history.