Blogging “To Appomattox”: A One Year Retrospective

Because I used to write for the To Appomattox fan site, I contributed this to their blog today to help celebrate the one-year anniversary of when we started it, which was a very exciting time. A link to the entire article, as well as Steven’s contribution, can be found at the bottom.

It’s hard to believe that it has already been one year since Steven Hancock and I started the unofficial fan blog for the To Appomattox mini-series. Just a year ago today, the two of us had hopes of pooling our resources (I was blogging about it on my site, while Steve was doing it on his Civil War Diary) to create a blog where coverage could be contained to one place. We soon approached the “father” of the project, screenwriter and executive producer Michael Frost Beckner, and told him of our idea, and he gave us his full blessings. It was truly a wonderful experience, in getting to talk to so many great people, including interviewing Beckner himself (in addition to having him contribute a ghost story for my blog’s October “Haunted History” series), as well as historians/advisers J. David Petruzzi and Cary Eberly, and the actor playing Gen. Charles F. Smith, the always-wonderful and passionate Patrick Gorman.

I was pretty upset when I announced I would be leaving the site, because I had so much on my plate, including balancing school and work along with official coverage of another Civil War film, now titled Copperhead: The War at Home. Still, it is nice to look back on this past year to see how much both the series and blog have evolved. The project, it appears, is getting much closer to production, something we have all been waiting for. Perhaps, most importantly, the process which has undergone to get this mini-series from page-to-screen, should serve as a lesson to all students of film, because it shows just how much work and how long it takes for something of this magnitude to get done. We must all tip our hats to the perseverance of Mr. Beckner and all those working tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure this stays very much alive.

To read the entire article, click here.

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