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…

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…

A Most Authentic Production: How the Set and Extras Made “Copperhead”

Some historical films mimic the time period they are trying to portray. Some films become that time period. Thanks to the production team of designer Bill Fleming, costume designer Kate Rose, a stellar hair and makeup team and Kings Landing Historical Settlement, and the hundreds of “living historians” who served as background extras, Copperhead becomes…

You Know You’re Obsessed With the Civil War When…

I know what you’re thinking: you’re the biggest Civil War buff on the planet, right? You consider yourself a hardcore fanatic, who eats, sleeps, and breathes Civil War. Well, maybe there are a few things for you to ponder before you declare yourself king. Reenactors notwithstanding, because those people really are in a world of…