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An impressive and epic commemoration of the 145th anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga, tells the story of the pivotal 1863 battle in the western theater from the common soldier's point of view. This battle was the most significant Union defeat in the Western Theater, and fought with the second highest number of casualties in the war after Gettysburg. Generals Rosecrans and Bragg locked in a fight to the death. Our one of a kind, high-definition re-enactment footage is the background to an epic spectacle. Featuring nearly 5,000 re-enactors, no other docu-drama or film has placed you on the battlefield at Chickamauga quite like this. From multi-award winning filmmaker Kevin R. Hershberger (Wicked Spring), our cameras were embedded with the soldiers on the field of battle for five large-scale re-enactments between September 19-21, 2008; each taking place on a portion of the original battlefield.

About the Director

Filmmaker Kevin R. Hershberger graduated from the Virginia Military Institute and served as a Military Intelligence Officer in the United States Army for eight years. Kevin next wrote and directed the multi-award-winning feature film, Wicked Spring (2001) -- An epic character study of lost soldiers during the American Civil War, released worldwide by Ardustry Home Entertainment in December 2003. The release has been a phenomenal success so far with nearly 100,000 DVDs sold. As director, producer and screenwriter, Kevin completed his second feature film, No Retreat From Destiny in 2006. Kevin worked as '2nd Unit Director' for Eleventh Day Entertainment's new documentary For Love of Liberty the story of African-American soldiers from the Revolution to Iraq. Kevin wrote his first screenplay while at VMI and most of his 15 scripts, thus far, deal with his passion for American history. Kevin's films have won 57 film festival and international industry awards, including six for directing. Visit LIONHEART-FILMWORKS.COM for a complete resume and profile of Kevin's vast body of work.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Coby Batty, DL Hopkins
  • Directors: Kevin R Hershberger
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: LionHeart FilmWorks
  • DVD Release Date: April 20, 2010
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003F1CUFY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,019 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mak Thorpe on November 16, 2010
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This dvd, though competently shot and with a moving music score is neither good history, nor remotely accurate in depiction of events, nor does it convey anything but a muddle of reminiscences about the battle.

Having read two books on this battle, as well as several original sources, it is very hard to say anything positive about this dvd other than its possible value as a record of the re-enactor's uniforms or drill style. On the accuracy of uniforms or equipment I cannot judge, but the video camera work was good, and some of the firing sequences appeared to be well practiced by the re-enactors.

Otherwise, the dvd was surprisingly lacking. Overview and continuity of narrative was sparse, and even those familiar with the battle will be unsure what portion of the multi-day engagement was being represented. Scene after scene is shown of men standing in loose formations and firing a single volley, many of whom are standing casually with little sense of urgency. Pivotal events of the battle are not depicted- such as Woods's redeployment leaving a gap in the union lines, or any of the events of the pitched battles along Horseshoe Ridge and Snodgrass hill where most of the casualties were suffered by both sides. As for the collapse of the Union right, Confederate troops are shown advancing in a field in sparsely spaced squads of distracted re-enactors walking at a parade march rather than the headlong charge. It is not just that the event was choreographed poorly, with unrealistic demeanor and behavior depicted in most sequences. The narration often describes one event while the video is clearly displaying something else entirely.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Confederate Artist on July 15, 2013
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I chose this rating simply because I love Civil War history, and as a teaching tool, this is not "that bad" therefore, I didn't want to go lower. But having said that, and with all due respect to the director and the people involved.. this does not appear to be a show that was directed, but rather one that was "scooped up".. As a person who used to be a Civil War re-enactor, this appears nothing more than your garden variety re-enactment footage. I have several of these that I have purchased from past events, not narrated of course, but still, about the same. I had a gut feeling upon purchase that it may be nothing more than re-enactment footage, but told myself just try it, it may be good.... Oh well.... If you are a teacher of history, I would recommend this as a class help guide along with a book on the battle, most of the uniforms are very accurate and it's a great way to show the young folks how men massed in combat and marched toward the enemy.. Plus it's a great way to show what re-enactment looks like.... other than that I'll put it up and never watch it again. I will order more CD's from these folks though, I ordered Wicked Spring at the same time and I thought it was pretty good. I hope that I have helped, I try to be objective and honest... I'm sure that others may find this CD quite informative... but I guess I am somewhat spoiled here as I have "been there, got the T-shirt"...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kelvin Kestner on June 17, 2010
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DVD is ok but it shows a lot of re-enactment scenes without narration. The extra segment showing Night Firing was excellent. I rated this DVD as average.
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I am biased to support the production, but I know that great care and attention was paid during the writing and production to make sure that all aspects of the presentation was as honest, and authentic as possible for the viewer, while still shooting an established re-enactment and having to edit around modern intrusions and portions of the battle not recreated during the re-enactment (which were part of the original 1863 fight) - making it an ideal project for anyone interested in the American Soldier of the Civil War - screening portions of this for students would be great - ideal for students of American history and for teachers in the classroom. Highly recommended.
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