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A Day in the Life of a Confederate Soldier Part 1

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Uploaded on Oct 8, 2009

Fifteen minutes total (parts 1 and 2) - no audio.
Filmed July, 1965 in Gettysburg, PA,
With the 2nd North Carolina (one of the very earliest of the authentic Civil War reenactment units), the Potomac Field Music and others.
The story behind this video is contained at http://wesclark.com/jw/k_1965.html - Ross Kimmel's memoirs.

"With our script/scenario and about 40 volunteers, mostly 2nd N.C.ers and Potomac Field Musicians, Bill, Burt, I, and perhaps a few others pooled some money, rented a 16mm movie camera and bought several rolls of black and white movie film (whether to shoot in color or black and white excited some argument among ourselves; I had no problem with color, but Burt insisted that the Civil War was fought in black and white; "just look at Matthew Brady's photos.") I secured permission from Cheryl Vernon's father to use the farm they lived on south of Gettysburg. We all converged one weekend, probably in July. I remember driving up Friday night with Bill and Barbara Brown, Roger Zook, and maybe one or two others, in my father's 1959 Ford station wagon, which was stuffed to the gills with all manner of Civil War detritus. We spent Saturday and Sunday setting up and filming all of our scenarios, then Bill later edited the results. The point of the film was to "document" a day in the life of the Confederate soldier, including a battle sequence. In fact we called our production A Day in the Life of the Confederate Soldier.'"

Ross Kimmel's complete centennial memoir is at http://wesclark.com/jw/kimmel.html

Jonah Begone
jonah_begone@juno.com

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