The University of Georgia and the Civil War, pt. 1

Recently we took a trip back to our home state of Georiga. While there we made a stop at our alma mater, The University of Georgia. Sadly, I was unaware of UGAs ties to the Civil War while I was in attendance. However, now thanks to “The Reenactors” my new interest in Civil War history has me looking everywhere for connections. 

Did you know that the Confederate States Constitution is housed at the Main library on North Campus? It is held in the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library on the third floor. Just don’t show up hoping to see it. We were informed that it is only displayed once a year on Confederate Memorial day. It is said to be 3 feet wide by 12 feet long and it takes 2 very large wooden display cases to show it!

Check back for more UGA and the Civil War!

Is that us being awkward on camera?

Yes, that is Nick and me being terribly awkward on camera. We were finishing up a business lunch with our new Historical Adviser, Keith Harris, and he insisted on putting us on camera. We’re very excited about this collaboration. We find Keith’s vast historical knowledge along with his embrace of technology refreshing for the world we’ve been entering. Please check out his blog, CosmicAmerica, to learn a bit more about him and some great tidbits about American history. 

Vote for your favorite photo!

The Civil War Trust posted their top 35 choices for the People’s Choice award. Head over to their website to vote today! Some beautiful photos of our our Nation’s battlefields!

These were just a few of my favorite!

We found this on the set of another project! It seems to be a pretty handy resource. Does anyone out there own it? We might be browsing on our downtime.

We found this on the set of another project! It seems to be a pretty handy resource. Does anyone out there own it? We might be browsing on our downtime.

Midnight Rising: A new book by Tony Horwitz
Today I was shopping on Amazon and in my recommended items section  was Tony Horwitz’s new book, Midnight Rising, releasing October 25, 2011. He is revisiting the Civil War era with his sixth book. I understand that there are mixed feelings for him in the reeanacting/living historian community due to his book, Confederates in the Attic. When we began researching for “The Reeanctors” this was one book we read. I even stated in my blog post concerning why I wanted to do this film that this book was a jumping off point for me in this documentary. (Many people took this the wrong way) I am not saying I agree with how he portrayed people or that I love the book. I am not trying to make his book come to life through this film. But I do enjoy his apporach. It sparked my interest in who the people are that reenact and how much character/passion they have. Below you will find the book description from his website. 

"Plotted in secret, launched in the dark, John Brown’s raid on Harpers  Ferry ruptured the union between North and South. Yet few Americans  know the true story of the militant idealists who invaded Virginia  before the Civil War. Now, Midnight Rising paints Brown’s uprising in  vivid color, capturing a nation on the brink of explosive conflict.
Unlike most abolitionists, Brown was prepared to shed blood in the  cause of freedom. After fighting against slavery in Bleeding Kansas, he  secured money and guns from clandestine backers called the Secret Six,  and convened a guerilla band that included three of his sons, his  teenaged daughter, a former slave desperate to free his wife from  bondage, and a dashing poet who acted as a spy inside Virginia. Then,  late one autumn night in 1859, Brown marched from his mountain hideout  into Harpers Ferry, seizing the town’s federal armory and vowing to  liberate every slave in the South.
The bloody fight at Harpers Ferry prompted a counterattack by U.S.  Marines under Robert E. Lee and shocked an already divided nation. While  Southerners branded the raid an act of treason and terror, Brown’s  bravery and eloquence made him a hero to many Northerners. The crisis  also helped elect Abraham Lincoln, who later began to fulfill Brown’s  dream with the Emancipation Proclamation, a measure the president once  labeled “a John Brown raid, on a gigantic scale.”
In this riveting book, Tony Horwitz probes the troubled soul of  Brown, the desperate passion of his followers, and the spirit of a  sundered nation. The result is both a taut historical drama and a  telling portrait of a fiery time that still resonates in our own.
So, Do you think you’ll be reading his latest work?

Midnight Rising: A new book by Tony Horwitz

Today I was shopping on Amazon and in my recommended items section  was Tony Horwitz’s new book, Midnight Rising, releasing October 25, 2011. He is revisiting the Civil War era with his sixth book. I understand that there are mixed feelings for him in the reeanacting/living historian community due to his book, Confederates in the Attic. When we began researching for “The Reeanctors” this was one book we read. I even stated in my blog post concerning why I wanted to do this film that this book was a jumping off point for me in this documentary. (Many people took this the wrong way) I am not saying I agree with how he portrayed people or that I love the book. I am not trying to make his book come to life through this film. But I do enjoy his apporach. It sparked my interest in who the people are that reenact and how much character/passion they have. Below you will find the book description from his website. 

"Plotted in secret, launched in the dark, John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry ruptured the union between North and South. Yet few Americans know the true story of the militant idealists who invaded Virginia before the Civil War. Now, Midnight Rising paints Brown’s uprising in vivid color, capturing a nation on the brink of explosive conflict.

Unlike most abolitionists, Brown was prepared to shed blood in the cause of freedom. After fighting against slavery in Bleeding Kansas, he secured money and guns from clandestine backers called the Secret Six, and convened a guerilla band that included three of his sons, his teenaged daughter, a former slave desperate to free his wife from bondage, and a dashing poet who acted as a spy inside Virginia. Then, late one autumn night in 1859, Brown marched from his mountain hideout into Harpers Ferry, seizing the town’s federal armory and vowing to liberate every slave in the South.

The bloody fight at Harpers Ferry prompted a counterattack by U.S. Marines under Robert E. Lee and shocked an already divided nation. While Southerners branded the raid an act of treason and terror, Brown’s bravery and eloquence made him a hero to many Northerners. The crisis also helped elect Abraham Lincoln, who later began to fulfill Brown’s dream with the Emancipation Proclamation, a measure the president once labeled “a John Brown raid, on a gigantic scale.”

In this riveting book, Tony Horwitz probes the troubled soul of Brown, the desperate passion of his followers, and the spirit of a sundered nation. The result is both a taut historical drama and a telling portrait of a fiery time that still resonates in our own.

So, Do you think you’ll be reading his latest work?

Battle of Shiloh - 150th Reenactment
The website for the 150th of Shiloh is now up. Check it out for the latest information. 

Battle of Shiloh - 150th Reenactment

The website for the 150th of Shiloh is now up. Check it out for the latest information. 

This article written by the Washington Post discusses when and why Reenactors die in a battle reenactment. 

Civil War Photo Contest!
We bet that with everyone attending all the wonderful events planned for the 150th there will some great photos taken. Check out this contest from Civl War Trust! 

Civil War Photo Contest!

We bet that with everyone attending all the wonderful events planned for the 150th there will some great photos taken. Check out this contest from Civl War Trust! 

The IRS Believes Documentary Film Making is a “Hobby”
There is a very important case in Arizona right now concerning how the IRS views documentary filmmakers. Since many documentaries have little financial support and take years to complete the IRS is saying that it is not a for profit business. Which means its a ‘hobby’. Meaning that all the expenses that are tax deductible actually may not be. The IRS is even focusing on “elements of personal pleasure or recreation” as argument that its a ‘hobby’. Isn’t its every person’s dream to do what they love? This is a very important time for documentary filmmakers. Please support this case as it could have a huge impact on the industry and our film as well!
View the article here.

The IRS Believes Documentary Film Making is a “Hobby”

There is a very important case in Arizona right now concerning how the IRS views documentary filmmakers. Since many documentaries have little financial support and take years to complete the IRS is saying that it is not a for profit business. Which means its a ‘hobby’. Meaning that all the expenses that are tax deductible actually may not be. The IRS is even focusing on “elements of personal pleasure or recreation” as argument that its a ‘hobby’. Isn’t its every person’s dream to do what they love? This is a very important time for documentary filmmakers. Please support this case as it could have a huge impact on the industry and our film as well!

View the article here.

"The Reenactors" a Year+ in the Making
I was flipping through my work notebook when the front page caught my attention. The date is 6/22/10. That is the day Nick and I really decided to stop just thinking about the documentary but to actually start doing it. Crazy to think that its already been over a year! We’ve learned a lot already and have met a lot of great people. The next year of planning, shooting and post is going to keep us busy!

"The Reenactors" a Year+ in the Making

I was flipping through my work notebook when the front page caught my attention. The date is 6/22/10. That is the day Nick and I really decided to stop just thinking about the documentary but to actually start doing it. Crazy to think that its already been over a year! We’ve learned a lot already and have met a lot of great people. The next year of planning, shooting and post is going to keep us busy!