Tells the story of the Confederacy's last great invasion of the north, in July 1864, and the subsequent attack on Washington, D.C. that almost brought the northern war effort to its knees. ... See full summary »
Tells the story of the Confederacy's last great invasion of the north, in July 1864, and the subsequent attack on Washington, D.C. that almost brought the northern war effort to its knees. Follows the campaign from Richmond to Petersburg, then to battles at Lynchburg and General Jubal Early's fight down the Shenandoah Valley - defeating two Union Armies in the process. The Confederates crossing the Potomac River into Maryland, and the ransoming of Frederick and Hagerstown; The pivotal Battle of Monocacy (July 9, 1864), and the desperate defense by Union General Lew Wallace. Finally, the Confederates reaching the gates of Washington, and missing their chance to capture the Union Capitol by minutes. Tells the story of the battle and the campaign through the eyes of the men who fought and died on the farms of Western Maryland. Written by
At the April 2006, Blue Ridge, Southwest Virginia Vision Film Festival, the film won awards for "Best Director," "Best Drama," "Best in Show" and for "Best Cinematography," and "Best Musical Score." A sweep in the feature films category. See more »
A well produced Indie docu-drama, with great production values and scale for such a limited budget. I keep hearing $500,000, but I thought it was truly closer to half of that.
The Music is great and hits the mark each time. I liked the emotional center with the woman's P.O.V. Voice Over telling us the story as if she already knew the outcome, but never let on, let us discover the story with her. Nice.
The actors did a great job on a tough Indie film budget, and they looked striking like the Generals and politicians they were supposed to portray. No other Civil War film has so accurately brought to life real characters from the 1860s. The combat was stunning and shocking, up-there with much bigger budget Hollywood productions. Overall, worth checking out.
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