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…

Teaching the Civil War Vol. 3: It’s Nice Having Students Who Care

While I do not want to jinx anything, the first half of this twelve week-long course that I am teaching could not have gone any better. The students I have genuinely seem to be interested in the material, and I can tell because they ask questions throughout. Having taught CCD, either as a substitute or…

“Gods and Generals” Countdown: Your Favorite Scene!

We are now exactly twenty days away from the release of the Gods and Generals Extended Director’s Cut, and what better way to count it down than by getting the readers of this blog involved! Since November, the articles I have written on this site regarding the film have garnered more comments than anything else…

Civil War Baseball Cards: Lee and Sherman

In honor of the 150th anniversary, this blog is going to keep the Civil War related goodies coming for the foreseeable future. With the release of Gods and Generals now less than a month away, I envision a lot of discussion on this board about the film we have waited eight years to see, in…

Battles of the Civil War: A Lecture Series at MCPS

It was by complete coincidence that when I set up this lecture series with the Monmouth County Park System that it would start in April, just days away from the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the war. I am really excited to be giving these lectures, the first starting next week, because the Civil…

The Irish Brigades Clash at Fredericksburg

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Time for a history lesson… About a hundred and fifty years ago, the “Fighting Irish” weren’t a sports team, but real men who fought and died after getting mixed up in someone else’s war. Beginning in the 1840’s with the great potato famine in Ireland, the United States saw a large…

Civil War Journal: “War is Kind”

I was never much into poetry, but only recently, I have found myself scouring the internet for poems about the American Civil War. Though a popular poem, I had never read “War is Kind”, by Stephen Crane, author of the famous novel, The Red Badge of Courage, a book that I read when I was…

“Gods and Generals” Extra Discusses his Filming Experience

A few weeks ago I was contacted by an extra who appeared in the film Gods and Generals, who after reading my string of articles on the coming Director’s Cut, thanked me for keeping the film alive, and also offered to tell me anything I wanted to know about his filming experience. That man was…