Below are annotations for “Liverpool Point” 8 pages in Cinema Purgatorio #16.
Writer: Max Brooks, Artist: Gabriel Andrade
Note: Some of this is obvious, but you never know who’s reading and what their exposure is. If there’s anything we missed or got wrong, let us know in comments.
General: This issue begins coverage of the naval battle, where Admiral Farragut is commanding several ironclad warships. The ships attack the giant ant army which is in the process of building a bridge over the Potomac River.
- The central figure is General Custer, who appears in Purgatorio #14 and #15, but not this issue.
- The AMPU cover for #17 does depict an ironclad warship, like those that appear in this issue.
- Liverpool Point, Maryland, is indeed a site on the Potomac River about 95 miles south of Gettysburg.
- The “Potomac Squadron” or Potomac Flotilla was a unit of the U.S. Navy created in the early days of the American Civil War.
- First appearance of David Glasgow Farragut (1801-1870) the real-world Union admiral.
- “Mister Jones” appears to be John Marshall Jones (1820-1864) the real-world brigadier general in the Confederate army.
- Ants do indeed build bridges with their bodies.
- “Full speed ahead” is part of the Farragut’s famous phrase “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.”
Pages 4-6 – no specific annotations
- “Erikson” is most likely inventor John Ericsson (1803-1889) who designed civil war era steam ship armaments.
- “The Montauk” is the USS Montauk – a Union Civil War armored warship.
- “Mister Berney” is Alfred Berney, who demonstrated a flamethrower in 1863 and 1863, per several references in books. Though he demonstrated the flamethrower for military leaders, it was not used in the real-world Civil War.