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The Guns of April (2011)

Not Rated | | Documentary | Video 18 November 2011
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A documentary on how the commemoration of the American Civil War began. From the first shot on Charleston, to the kick-off events in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.


James B. Behl


James B. Behl



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Credited cast:
John D. Bert ... Narrator
John Brindle John Brindle ... Cavalry Major
Zac Cunard Zac Cunard ... Farm Boy
Kirk Davis Kirk Davis ... Himself
Shaun C. Grenan Shaun C. Grenan ... Himself
Elenore Hall Elenore Hall ... Grieving Mother
Doc Hansen Doc Hansen ... Surgeon
Ronald A. Hawkins Ronald A. Hawkins ... Himself
Ian Isherwood Ian Isherwood ... Surgeon's Assistant
John Jett John Jett ... Himself / John Hunt Morgan (archive footage)
Willard Longnecker Willard Longnecker ... Himself
Neal Moore II Neal Moore II ... Himself
Robert Myers Robert Myers ... 46th PA Band Sgt. Major
Maj. Steven Smith Maj. Steven Smith ... Himself
Henry M. Stock Henry M. Stock ... Himself


Guns of April documents the events of April 2011, the beginning of the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War. From the First shot, fired from James Island at Ft. Sumter to the events at Gettysburg several weeks later, this film tells the story of how Americans began the sesquicentennial commemoration. Written by Jim Behl

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Release Date:

18 November 2011 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, USA See more »


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$20,000 (estimated)
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ESV Teleproductions See more »
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16:9 HD
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Guns of April is a documentary from the perspective of the re-enactors
4 February 2012 | by donaldgiammoSee all my reviews

Ohio filmmaker Jim Behl  has provided Civil War enthusiasts with a documentary that focuses initially on the early events of the 'War of Northern Aggression' blending history along with the men and women who keep the memory of our American past alive through re-enactments, ceremonies and milestone observations.

Viewers are treated to the comments of long-time Roundtable members who share their thoughts on the living history that they embrace so dearly. 

From Ft. Sumter, to Chambersburg, to Gettysburg, Guns of April celebrates the music long associated with the American Civil War, as well as historically accurate accounts of the make-shift hospitals where the letters of the actual eyewitnesses are shared with the public. I found this documentary to be both educational and captivating.

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