During the American Civil War, a Union Army captain leads his rag-tag cavalry troop up a misty creek to a remote farm to appropriate enemy (Confederate) livestock. The farm is worked by Sarah Anders, whose husband is away fighting for the Confederate Army. Far from the great armies and battlefields, a very private civil war erupts. The Captain and Sarah are pulled apart by the war's undertow into choices they can not fully control or understand. Each character in this drama must decide whether loyalty will be paid in blood. This story has a relevance to current partisan conflicts. Armies are not filled with murdering psychopaths. Good people can be driven to do bad things. The story chronicles the pathology of war, how escalating events can trigger unasked-for tragedy. Based on a true story about a southern child who shot and killed a union soldier during the Civil War.
A private civil war
Motion Picture Rating
Rated PG-13 for brief violence and sexual references
Did You Know?
Original story took place at Meshack's Creek, Kentucky, in 1862; the town no longer exists. Tompkinsville is the nearest town officially recognized by the US Postal Service, roughly 6 miles to the west of the creek. The general area (Cumberland Gap), during the Civil War, experienced some of the most brutal clashes of the war; not only battles, but brother against brother and neighbor against neighbor. See more
By the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread until thou return unto the ground, for out of it we was taken. Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. Heavenly Father, pick this child up on heaven's side. Put the grave behind for the promise on the other side, that she might live and abide with you.
Written by Charles Ellis See more