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Virginia Battlefield Reignites
Documentary highlights the Battle of Little Sayler’s Creek

As they did in the cold rain of April, 1865, opposing armies in blue and gray stand shoulder to shoulder on the rolling farmland of Sayler’s Creek, Virginia. With a shout, guns are raised; a deafening crack; and smoke from the black powder hangs over the battlefield. David George and Lisa Arden captured the action while filming their documentary: “The Battle of Little Sayler’s Creek.”

This battle was one of the last of the American Civil War, culminating in General Lee's surrender at Appomattox three days later on April 6, 1865 -- the largest surrender without terms in American military history. Each year thousands of “Living Historians” gather to replay the battle.

“The reenactors were eager to tell their stories in interviews that were conducted in, and out of character,” George said. “Our attitude was not to judge the soldiers on either side, but to hear them tell the story of this battle from their individual points of view. Often a Confederate would contradict a Union soldier on the reason for the war, or the significance of slavery.”

The DVD is already receiving great reviews:

“I'd learned about the Civil War, but watching this film I found myself gaining
insights to aspects I'd never even thought about. This is not all about battles. It’s
about life, politics, the things of life. It’s a worthwhile film for everyone.”
Deborah Shadovitz: Valley Life Magazine, Los Angeles

“It was amazing for me to be able to learn so much detail about a bit of history I
only know in broad strokes, but on another level - the commitment of these guys
and the detail they go to, the fascinating world of battle reenactments. Truly fascinating.”
Sasha C. Damjanovsky: Director "Dance With Me", London

“Civil War reenactments take place not only on battlefields in the United States, but around the world! Would you believe Europe and Australia?” George said. “Lisa and I wanted to capture the spirit of these events and the reenactors who are so passionate about history.”

Scenes from the movie can be viewed on the website: www.BattleofLittleSaylersCreek.com. The DVD can also be purchased directly from the site.  A percentage of sales will go to The Sayler’s Creek Reenactment & Preservation Committee.

The Battle of Little Sayler’s Creek is produced by Lisa Arden and directed by David George. The documentary follows a group of reenactors as they tell the story of Little Sayler’s Creek, Virginia. A Preview of the movie and more information can be found at www.BattleOfLlittleSaylersCreek.com


Log Line

Civil War reenactors gather on the original battlefield at Sayler's Creek Virginia to recreate this historic battle. Sayler's Creek - April 6th 1865 - was one of the last battles of the American Civil War culminating three days later in General Lee's surrender at Appomattox. This was the largest surrender without terms in American history.

Synopsis (67 wds)

Civil War reenactors gather on the original battlefield at Sayler's Creek Virginia to recreate this historic battle. This is the story of not only the history of Battle of Little Sayler's Creek but the fierce allegiance held by the reenactors on each side of the battle to this day.

Sayler's Creek - April 6th 1865 - was one of the last battles of the American Civil War culminating three days later in General Lee's surrender at Appomattox. This was the largest surrender without terms in American military history.

Synopsis (207 wds)

Civil War reenactors gather on the original battlefield at Sayler's Creek Virginia to recreate this historic battle. This is the story of not only the history of Battle of Little Sayler's Creek, but the fierce allegiance held by the reenactors on each side of the battle to this day. Most reenactors have uniforms from both the North & the South and are prepared to portray either side depending on the number of participants. Some of the reenactors are are too uncomfortable to wear the uniform of the opposing army.

Many reenactors consider themselves 'Living historians'; some participate to 'honor their ancestors; some because they feel ther were 'reincarnations' of the original soldiers who fought at Sayler's Creek. Through the reenactors we learn of the very primitive standards of medicine on the battlefield; that many women fought as men on both sides and were undiscovered until they were prepared for burial; that these reenactors are members of private armies and have to rise through the ranks to become a General.

Sayler's Creek - April 6th 1865 - was one of the last battles of the American Civil War culminating three days later in General Lee's surrender at Appomattox. This was the largest surrender without terms in American military history.


DVD Specifications

Exact Runtime01 hr : 00 min : 00 sec
Print DetailsColor, Stereo
Aspect Ratios1.33 (4x3 VIDEO)
FormatNTSC
RegionsAll Regions

Credits

Executive Producer/Producer Lisa Arden
Writer/Director David George
Cinematographer David George
Cinematographer Chad Wilson
Cinematographer Jon Golden
Cinematographer Kenneth Wilson
Production Stills Kent Eanes
Editor David George
Sound Editor David George
Composer (original music) David George

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