The Civil War Serial Part One: Hell at the Bloody Lane

Originally, I had no intentions of publishing this little story here on my blog. I posted it as a Facebook note yesterday afternoon and it was well recieved, so I figured I would give it a go here. It has long been my aspirations to write a novel on the battle of Antietam, or see…

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…

Conversation with Film and Theater Actor Brian Mallon

From the first times I watched Gettysburg and Gods and Generals, until now, the one performance that always stood out to me was Brian Mallon as General Winfield Scott Hancock, commander of the United States Army’s first division during the American Civil War, and a General present at major battles such as Fredericksburg, Antietam, and…

Movie Review: Gods and Generals (2003)

EDIT: Read my review of the 2011 extended director’s cut! To Civil War enthusiasts, director Ron Maxwell is seen as a Godlike figure. First he gave us Gettysburg in 1993, after several failed film projects of his own. The film came out of nowhere and took the movie industry by storm, and today is regarded…

Movie Review: One Man’s Hero (1998)

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day two days ago, I chose a movie that portrays an almost unknown story of an Irish battalion during the Mexican-American War, that lasted from 1846-1848. This movie is one of the more underrated movies I have seen, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is of Irish descent,…