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To Appomattox – A Mini-Series in the Making


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Most Americans should know of the American Civil War when asked. We learned about it in grade school from our History books. Some of us may have acted in school plays as Lincoln, reciting the Gettysburg Address. Some of us even have ancestors that fought in the civil war. There are also a few movies that could help fill in some of the blanks, Gettysburg, North and South, Lincoln, just to name a few.

On April 12, 1861, the American Civil War began when Confederate forces fired upon Fort Sumter. For four years, both the Union (The North) and the Confederates (The South) battled against one another in twenty three different states. The majority of those battles were fought in Tennessee and Virginia.

On April 9, 1865, Lee surrenders to Grant at the Appomattox court house, the Confederates lost, the war was over. The American Civil War still remains one of the bloodiest battles in history, with over 620,000 killed from combat, disease, or starvation, and over 476,000 wounded.

A mini-series is currently being filmed called, To Appomattox. It will be the most historically accurate presentation ever to be filmed. They currently have a Kickstarter page going, where you can become involved with their project by donating. With your donations, you can receive really awesome gifts such as cast autographed items, a behind the scenes DVD, a copy of the script, an opportunity to walk on the set, or be an extra, or have an actual speaking part in the mini-series. You can even be a part of the premiere in New York City or Hollywood, as well as the post-premiere party. You could take a tour of the set, or be a part of the meet and greet at one of the screenings. There are more things to list that you will receive from your donations. To see the full list, click here.

By donating, you get to be involved in the production of the mini-series. This is an opportunity of a lifetime, not just for Civil War historians or re-enactors, but for everyone. Everyone should be involved. Click here to find out more details about the mini-series or to donate now.

To Appomattox has a cast of amazing talent: Jason O’Mara, Stephen Lang, Noah Wyle, Richard Speight, Rascal Flatts, Kim Delaney, Trace Adkins, Kix Brooks, Powers Booth, plus many more other famous talents.

Here are some important links for you to visit:

http://www.toappomattox.com

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1258300090/to-appomattox-a-civil-war-event-miniseries

www.facebook.com/ToAppomattox

I’m asking for everyone to please, re-blog this, and/or share this blog post on every media outlet. Spread the word.

Lincoln the movie


I was finally able to see the movie Lincoln. It was nominated for 12 Oscars, including one for Best Actor by Daniel Day Lewis. Lewis is the only actor in history to win three Oscars for Best Actor.

There may have been a few historical inaccuracies in the film, for example Mary Todd Lincoln, played by Sally Fields, sat in on the House proceedings surrounding the Amendment 13. History isn’t recorded that Mrs. Lincoln had ever sat in to listen to any of the proceedings.

I actually enjoyed the movie. It gave a better insight on how Lincoln fought to get the 13th Amendment to pass. He was in a small way like Moses, trying to free the slaves from bondage. England passed an Emancipation Act in 1833, abolishing slavery. It was about time that the United States should do the same, though it took the US until 1865 for that to happen.

Even though we all know what becomes of Lincoln, the movie didn’t show how it happened, more or less had a character come in and said Lincoln was shot and killed by Booth. The next scene shows Lincoln lying in bed, surrounded by men of importance, as a doctor calls the date and time of Lincoln’s death. The scene itself can be felt be the viewer as a scene of great sadness. I felt a moment of grief, as I stared at the TV screen, watching a moment in history replay itself.

Lincoln was a man of greatness, a man who was impassioned by ending slavery, and he fought hard to see it happen. He did live to see the bill pass, and lived only a short few months for it to take effect.    

Did Booth really die in that fire or not?


Today, in History class, we started watching a film called The Conspirator, which came out in 2010. It’s a Robert Redford film about the people conspiring to kill Lincoln, Secretary of State, and the Vice President. Seven men and one woman, Mary Surratt, was arrested after the assassination of Lincoln. John Wilkes Booth has been shot and burned in the barn owned by Garrett on 26 April 1865. Dr. Mudd, whom helped mend Booth’s broken leg, was arrested as being a conspirator for aiding John Wilkes Booth.

I’ve watched about half the movie so far and I’m currently reading the book by Bill O’Reilly called Killing Lincoln. There’s also a movie called Lincoln coming out next Friday that I’m going to go see. With my current choice of studies I’ve immersed myself in reading and watching anything to do with the US Civil War and Lincoln. But the part that has really got my attention is that not too long ago it was made public that John Wilkes Booth did not die in that barn, that it was someone else. There was a bigger conspiracy then what the History books have been teaching us.

It was on the History Channel not too long ago and was even put on the front page of several newspapers, that some government officials that worked with Lincoln were in on the assassination. Though Booth had set out to kidnap Lincoln, but his plans didn’t turn out the way he was hoping and that’s where he decided to go ahead and shoot Lincoln. But there was someone that somewhat resembled Booth placed in the barn and Booth was set free. He had fled south, changing not only his name, but also his looks. He lived a long life, marrying and raising a family. He confessed his crime on his death bed, but everyone knew Booth was dead…supposedly.

I had asked my History teacher if all of this was true and she told me no, that he had actually died in the barn. I thought what was put on the History Channel was actual fact. Not to mention it was even in the papers. One of Booth’s descendants came forward to say that her ancestor actually lived a long life and did not die in the fire that it was a cover up.

Really, who do I believe here?