Tag Archives: Ron Maxwell

Civil War Myth Busting: The Fictional Confederate Irish Brigade at Fredericksburg

Another anniversary of the battle of Fredericksburg has come and gone. Mention of the December 1862 battle immediately brings to mind the repeated Federal attacks against Marye’s Heights that all failed to reach their objective. One of the most famous … Continue reading

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The 25th Anniversary Film Screening of Gettysburg

On October 13, 800 Civil War buffs packed into Gettysburg’s Majestic Theater for the 25th anniversary film screening of Gettysburg. Special guests—some of the film’s cast, the writer and director, and the composer—also attended the event. I was five when … Continue reading

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Copperhead: A Case Study in Bad Marketing

Ron Maxwell has his fans and he has his detractors—but what he really needs is a good marketing department. Case in point: I recently ordered a copy of his movie from Copperhead from Amazon.com. At $5, it was hard to … Continue reading

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“Telling History” vs “Making Art”: Richard Ewell on July 1

My favorite scene in the movie Gettysburg comes when a fiery Isaac Trimble, taught as an over-coiled spring, appears before Robert E. Lee to recount the events of July 1. Frustrated by Richard Ewell’s inaction in front of Cemetery Hill … Continue reading

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