No One Pays Attention to History…Until It’s Too Late

The other day, I concluded the first of a four-part lecture series on the American Civil War for Brookdale. We started with the causes of the war and ended right at the start of the Peninsula Campaign. When it was over, a few participants came up to me to chat. Mainly a greeting, maybe saying they…

More “Gods and Generals” Footage You’ve Never Seen

It’s been nearly three years since my last post about Gods and Generals. If you go way back, you may remember my 2011 series when I blogged about the release of the highly anticipated extended director’s cut. This past July was the fifth anniversary of when I was invited to Manassas, Virginia by Warner Brothers…

Civil War Film “Our War” Seeks Support on Indiegogo this April

On April 5th, the Indiegogo campaign for a new Civil War short film titled Our War will be marching into action, in need of fan support to help subsidize the cost of production. The movie is to be directed and co-written by J.D Mayo, who has extensive work with independent films, as well as Civil…

Remembering a Great Man, George Ryan

I was first introduced to George Ryan by my friend Jeff Huber about five years ago. We all served on the board of trustees for a museum, which sometimes was the equivalent of fighting a war. If there was ever something that needed to be said, or something right that needed to be stuck up…

Abraham Lincoln: Man of Conflict, Man of Dissent

Introduction Nearly 150 years after his death, Abraham Lincoln remains a polarizing figure. To some, he is the greatest president the United States of America ever had, a man who freed the slaves and saved the Union. To others, he was a power-hungry tyrant, who invaded his own country and used back-room, sometimes scandalous politics…

“The Retrieval”: A Civil War Film Co-Starring Bill Oberst Jr.

With more than a hundred film credits to his name, actor Bill Oberst Jr. is a well-known star on the B-level horror circuit, cranking out what seems like an endless amount of movies every year, each one portrayed with his legendary creepiness. He has been honored by almost every horror movie organization out there, and…

Gettysburg Journal 2013: Ghosts, Gifts, and Great Food

Now that I am back from a very fun and relaxing trip to Gettysburg, I wanted to make some additional comments on certain items that I observed. The one thing I love about this town, generally speaking, is the friendliness from shop to shop. I just love engaging workers there in conversation and finding out…

Gettysburg Journal 2013: Ghost Hunting at “The Grove”

Let’s just say that if I rolled my eyes any harder tonight, they would have gotten stuck facing the inside of my head. I knew I was going to find nothing while on this “ghost hunt” operating out of the Farnsworth House. I also knew that we were not going to be on the battlefield…