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Lee & Grant - Two very different men (DVD Review)
The two most important generals during the Civil War were Robert E. Lee, the leader of the Confederacy, and Ulysses S. Grant the leader of the Union forces. These were two very different men, as this documentary film reveals. Between 1862 and 1865 the most critical chapter in American history was to be written mainly by the actions of these two generals. Rarely does history find two generals so different in personality, character, upbringing and strategy as were the ultimate commanders of the Northern and Southern Armies.

"The Last Champion" film shares Civil War story   (Article no longer available from the original source)
On a plantation in the Deep South, the battle cries of Union and Confederate soldiers have echoed for over a century and a half. Thanks to a documentary by local filmmakers and history buffs, those voices of the Civil War will echo further. "The Last Champion" made its debut before an audience at the Grand Theatre. Directed by Jon Hazell of Burlington, and produced, written and narrated by Chris Schevers, the Civil War documentary tells the story of Schevers' great-great-great-grandfather Henri Schevers, a Union soldier who traveled down the Mississippi River as part of Grant's army.

Civil War film The Last Ditch: The last land battle of the Civil War
There's a historical marker on Veterans Parkway proclaiming the site as the last land battle of the American Civil War. "The battle for Columbus is one of those little known struggles that, when looked at more closely, reveals fascinating and almost unbelievable incidents, images and characters, and has a great surprise at the end." Richard Elliot Lifshey is now ready to introduce the battle to the public, years after he began his project to tell its story. Georgia Public Broadcasting will air his documentary film "The Last Ditch" on WJSP-TV. The program details the battle for Columbus, often described by historians as the last "official" battle of the Civil War.

Last Confederate filmmaker finally sees project released
Filmmaker Julian Adams has finally seen a dream come true. His production "The Last Confederate: The Story of Robert Adams," formerly known as "Strike The Tent," is being released by ThinkFilm for theatrical runs. "One thing I`m really pleased about is that I know about 99 percent of indies never get released anywhere." The Civil War drama is based on the true story of Adams` great-great grandfather, Confederate captain Robert Adams, and a Northern girl, Eveline McCord. Despite the tragic events and the bloodshed around them, Adams fought hard to keep their love alive.

History Channel documentary - Sherman's March   (Article no longer available from the original source)
Civil War historian Bruce Catton called the campaign "the wild, cruel rollicking march from Atlanta to the sea" in his book This Hallowed Ground. General William Tecumseh Sherman, the Union leader who led the controversial march, said at the time: "War is cruelty. The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over. I would make this war as severe as possible and show no sympathies until the South begs for mercy." Such quotes set the stage for Sherman's March, a documentary on The History Channel that's must for Civil War buffs. Sherman, almost defiant Union general remains one of the most controversial military leaders in U.S. history.

Civil War Re-Enactors for Movies and documentaries
Russ Richards plunged into Civil War re-enacting as a hobby, at times playing an extra on film. He didn't like what the camera usually showed: Re-enactors and living historians appeared older and heavier than the soldiers who would have fought. Now he runs Historical Entertainment out of basement. There, amid movie posters, he and Jodi Nolan review projects and keep records on their re-enactor clients and props. Richards can provide young, authentically dressed soldiers for film, but not for free. Most movie sets and documentaries pay re-enactors little or nothing. He also has lined up an array of historically accurate props: carriages, wagons, cannons...

Civil War film set in Fredericksburg debuts: Life during Civil War   (Article no longer available from the original source)
A film depicting the differing experiences of slaves and the white population in Fredericksburg during the Civil War is set to premiere. The half-hour movie, called "Virginians Desolate, Virginians Free," was made by the National Park Service and filmed in Fredericksburg. It largely relies on letters and diaries of people who lived in the city during the war. The movie cost 140-thousand dollars to make and involved more than 300 actors and volunteers.

How the battle of Antietam changed the Civil War   (Article no longer available from the original source)
In a five-night series the History Channel focuses on 10 events that "unexpectedly" changed America. The opening film takes up the battle of Antietam, the bloodiest day in American combat history. Antietam, which took place Sept. 17, 1862, in western Maryland. The stakes were enormous, says historian Gary Gallagher. The rebels were "on a winning streak" while Abe Lincoln "couldn't afford another defeat." The commander of the Confederate army, General Robert E. Lee, believed a victory would turn the northern public against the war and bring the British in on the Confederate side.