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The Battle of Little Sayler's Creek

3.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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  • Directors: David George
  • Writers: David George
  • Producers: Lisa Arden
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Paradox Films
  • DVD Release Date: November 20, 2009
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002Y272FS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,825 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By C. McCune on November 21, 2009
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This is a fascinating documentary packed with details that only Civil War re-enactors would obsessively gather.

There is no typical voice-over guiding you through -- the re-enactors themselves tell the story. As a result, you get both the Northern and Southern points of view as to the reasons the war was fought.

Cameras follow both camps over three days and nights. You come to understand the romantic appeal and the connection to their ancestors that 1865 Virginia has to these "Living Historians".

The film builds to the climactic battle scene. This is a play war; no one is killed and the blood isn't flowing, but oddly, the horror is implied at every turn.

The filmmakers conspire with the re-enactors to re-create the war as theater while blurring the line between fact and fiction with the use of the real Brady photographs from the period.

I also found the music to be hypnotic and captivating (and original, I believe).

Very satisfying and informative film. I enjoyed it.
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My great grandfather was a Union soldier in the engagement of General Gordon CSA by General Humphreys USA at Lockett's farm and the "double bridges" crossing over the confluence of Big and Little Sailor's Creeks. The Federals captured 1700 of Gordon's men and close to 300 wagons of supplies. That was one of the three engagements that make up what historians refer to as the battle of Sailor's Creek that all took place on April 6, 1865. I was hoping for more of a documentary that addressed all three engagements, but the film and the reenactment footage focused on the engagement at Hillsman Farm. I attended one reenactment at the site several years ago and it too was limited to the engagement at Hillsman Farm. I enjoyed the film as a general treatment of the event and the interviews of reenactors, but was disappointed that there wasn't at least some coverage of the Lockett farm engagement.
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As a reenactor & living historian of 38 years ... I have been searching for this particular film for the last 12 or so years!! I was on this very same battlefield, when this very same documentary was filmed, & finally locating this DVD has brought back many good memories!! Mister George was right there in the middle of things, wearing proper period clothing, & had his camera covered over/hidden from view as best possible ... & he & his other cameras captured the essence of this battle reenactment ... from BOTH sides!! It is not your run-of-the-mill documentary, with dry narration, & a few colorful, yet still boring maps, but succeeds in getting out there with the men & women who spend their time re-creating those turbulent times, & who are truly able to find a "home" on such battlefields!! It is rare that reenactors actually get to re-create the conflict on the original sites, & Sayler's Creek is exactly such a place!! To many people, we are "strange" ... but, to those of us who share the enthusiasm for the study of the American Civil War ... we sometimes see all those spectators at the events, & ask ourselves ... "Why are all those folks wearing those strange clothes??" In essence, I cannot say enough good words about the final product, & I certainly VERY HIGHLY recommend it to any & all living history enthusiasts, & Civil War buffs out there!!
Timothy G. Fredrikson
1st Sergeant, 53rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company D
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I've always wondered about the kinds of people who do Renaissance Fairs and historical re-enactments. I figured they had to be a little strange. And, well, as depicted in this film, they are! And also completely captivating and knowledgable about their obsession. Some of them, though, are downright normal. And some of them carry a grudge for waaaaay too long. The film let's them speak for themselves, doesn't make any judgements, and allows you make up your own mind as 'actors' make their case for and against the war, Lincoln, and Reconstruction. A really interesting look into a very different reality. Nicely shot too.
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