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No Retreat from Destiny: The Battle That Rescued Washington (2006)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, War | Video 10 March 2006
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 »


Kevin R. Hershberger (as Kevin Hershberger)


Kevin R. Hershberger (as Kevin Hershberger), John Pagano
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Credited cast:
Cyril Augustin Cyril Augustin ... Civil War Soldier
Robert Blumenstein Robert Blumenstein ... Unionist Father
Paul Boccadoro Paul Boccadoro ... Soldier
Bob Bosler Bob Bosler ... President Jefferson Davis
Brendan Bradley ... Alabama Soldier
David Bridgewater David Bridgewater ... Gen. John C. Breckinridge
Mike Brown Mike Brown ... General John McCausland
Aric Bruggeworth Aric Bruggeworth ... Federal Staff Officer Extra
Paul Bugelski Paul Bugelski ... Gen. George Gordon Meade
Bill Buser Bill Buser ... Major Gen. Robert Rodes
Renée Cannon Renée Cannon ... Townswoman
Nick Carlson Nick Carlson ... Col Eli S Parker
Rob Carter Rob Carter ... Body Servant
Christopher Cartmill Christopher Cartmill ... Captain Brown
Gary Chambers Gary Chambers ... Union Officer


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 LionHeart FilmWorks

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An Unpopular War. An Embattled President. An Election Year.


Action | Drama | War


Not Rated


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Release Date:

10 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Boonsboro, Maryland, USA See more »


Box Office


$400,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Edited from Wicked Spring (2002) See more »

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Wonderfully Done with a Minimal Budget...
27 March 2006 | by NewHemingwaySee all my reviews

In the film "No Retreat From Destiny" viewers are presented with the events that led up to the Battle of Monocacy presented instead of with the usual Ken Burns photos/quotes but with live reenactments.

The cinematography is gorgeous and the editing is crisp and tight. I loved how they used the photos in this film!! The production design is amazing and the costuming is great.

There are a few drawbacks, some of these people are not professional actors and sometimes there are some awkward pauses in the script which leads to the cuing over some overly dramatic music. It's intrusive and kind of reminds you that you are in fact watching a film.

However if you have an interest in the Civil War or you are history teacher I strongly recommend this film.

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