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  • Actors: David Hancock, Aaron Hooks, Matt Hooks, Matt L. Johnstown, Mary Kate Urbanski
  • Directors: Mark Bussler
  • Writers: Michael Kraus, David M. Neville
  • Producers: Mark Bussler
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Janson Media
  • DVD Release Date: August 18, 2010
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003ZYF2VA

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The biographical documentary that shows one man's courage and fortitude: Harvard student William F. Bartlett stretches the bounds of human resilience in "Shot to Pieces." His determination to triumph in battle is legendary. Hit again and again by Confede

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I can't believe they think anyone would enjoy this at all.
Andre Landrum
This amazing and true tale follows the Civil War life of General Bartlett who survived multiple skirmishes, battles and hardships throughout his military career.
Todd E. Newman
An added bonus is several interludes of period music, performed by folk musicians David Kincaid and Greg Singer.
Brenda Wilt

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Todd E. Newman on January 8, 2003
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This amazing and true tale follows the Civil War life of General Bartlett who survived multiple skirmishes, battles and hardships throughout his military career. This story starts with Bartlett barely surviving a dangerous skirmish and retreat during the battle of Ball's Bluff when he was a Captain of Company I, 20th Massachusetts. Bartlett is soon promoted a number of times while losing a leg and suffering from a multiple of wounds. Contrary to family pleas not to go back to the field, Bartlett faces the enemy on countless occasions and is eventually promoted to Brigadier General at the age of 24.
The action never stops and the re-enactments are great. Michael Kraus,David Neville and company have put together their finest work in this production that captures the heart, bravery and boldness of a great Union officer. A nice thing to add is that this production is created by historians who care about proper clothing and following the absolute correct formats of those they are portraying. Excellent re-enactments and fighting await you in this 80 minute story about a man that defied many odds during the Civil War.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 19, 2003
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I was a bit disappointed by this film. I was expecting a motion picture. It is more of a documentary. The caption on the back of the DVD box leads you to believe that it's a full-length movie. The acting wasn't the greatest either.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Wilt on May 24, 2003
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By Brenda Wilt for Civil War Times Illustrated Magazine
What's the difference between a forage cap and a kepi? What kind of firearms were used during the Civil War? What does the term "red tape" have to do with General Orders regarding criminal charges against soldiers? You'll find the answers to these questions and many more in the Civil War Minutes series of DVDs and videos from Inecom.
Civil War Minutes is less a documentary than a series of show-and-tell lessons. In segments of four to eight minutes, historian Michael Kraus explains various aspects of the common soldier's life, from the weapons he used to the clothing he wore. Interspersed with these artifact-laden episodes are bits in which Kraus reads from soldiers' diaries and letters. Period photographs or sketches, and sound effects such as battle noises form a backdrop to these portions, adding welcome drama to the recitations. At times, however, the sound effects are simply over-the-top, such as when mention of an amputation is accompanied by the sounds of crunching bones and a man's scream.
Kraus is eminently qualified to narrate the series. A reenactor for more than 30 years, he served as military coordinator for the film Gettysburg, and as Union commander for many of the war's 125th anniversary reenactments from 1986 to 1990. Full-bearded and dressed in authentic garb, Kraus looks every bit the Civil War officer. With the help of genuine artifacts from the period, he manages to squeeze a lot of information into the short show-and-tell segments, describing nuances of design and manufacture that are probably unknown to all but the most ardent Civil War aficionados or reenactors.
The three-hour series, divided into four 45-minute parts, is a great educational tool.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By gerald skislak on August 9, 2013
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I love to watch civil war reenactments and personnel comments by letter from the people that were there. I have been to a number of civil war sites and like hearing the stories behind them./
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Mysterious Traveler on June 30, 2012
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SHOT TO PIECES(2002) a very low budget direct to video biography docudrama similar in style to THE BEAST OF YUCCA FLATS of one William F. Bartlett who, a Union officer in the Civil War, managed to fight in the Battles of Ball's Bluff, Yorktown, Port Hudson and the Crater leaving pieces of himself all over as he went along.

Not bad. Not good. There.
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By Catherine on June 1, 2014
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While there are some "choice words" used I think this movie is appropriate for the middle school aged students. I showed it as part of our Civil War unit and the students were very much engaged in the movie. They didn't want to leave class when the bell rang and were excited to enter the next day to see the following part. It fostered conversation as to what life was like for military engagements at the time. Mostly my students couldn't believe that this particular officer could have so many things go wrong and yet he still made it out of the war.
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By crosscountryman on March 13, 2014
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W.F.Bartlett will remain one of the more memorable of Union Veterans of many engagements, battles and particularly important service at major Battles during the Civil War.(Fort Hudson, Vicksburg, Wilderness, Petersburg et.al) Gallant beyond parallel he rose to the rank of Brig. General through duty above and beyond the call of Duty. He should have received the Congressional Medal of Honor, but no mention was made, though posthumously should be awarded, in my opinion!
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By Nathan Landis on July 28, 2013
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Interesting film; Enough live action to keep the film from being a strict documentary. Good soundtrack until the battle of the crater, where they choose to use classical music, which I held against them in my review. Overall it was a decent film.
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