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 »
My great-grandfather, Alfred N. Sova (1847-1935) was a private in the 9th New York Heavy Artillery, assigned to Rickett's Division of the Sixth Corps. He is portrayed by Jeremy Wade in the bridge burning scene. While not entirely accurate, (the wheat sheaves were actually placed in the roof area of the bridge prior to Alfred "shinning" up a beam to start the fire), these dramatic scenes certainly depict the courage and confusion in the fog of war.
Although Alfred also fought at Cold Harbor, Cedar Creek, the Peterburg Breakthrough and Saylor's Creek, his actions at the Battle of Monocacy and personal role in the strategic burning of the covered bridge were the highlight of his military service and the experience that he recounted most often to his family and friends during his long life.
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