"Shadow in the Valley: The Battle of Chickamauga"
THE OFFICIAL 145TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE DOCUMENTARY DVD
The Battle of Chickamauga, fought September 19–20, 1863, marked the most significant Union defeat in the Western Theater of the American Civil War. Featuring nearly 5,000 re-enactors on pristine portions of the original battleground, this is the official 145th anniversary commemorative film, shot and mastered in High-Definition.
The documentary is an impressive and epic commemoration of the battle and tells the story of the pivotal 1863 western theater fight from the common soldier's point of view. Featuring nearly 5,000 re-enactors, no other docu-drama or film has placed you on the battlefield at Chickamauga quite like this. The event was organized by Mr. Reese Sexton and sponsored by "The Civil War Courier," "Camp Chase Gazette," and "Citizen's Companion" magazines.
From multi-award winning filmmaker Kevin R. Hershberger ("Wicked Spring"), High-Definition cameras were embedded with the soldiers on the field of battle for five large-scale re-enactments between September 19-21, 2008; each taking place on a 849-acre portion of the original battlefield in McLemore's Cover, Georgia. Historian John D. Pagano wrote the narration screenplay.
Set in 1863, the story follows the bloodiest and most intense two-day battle of the American Civil War. During the September 19th and 20th, 1863 battle. More than 35,000 men were killed, wounded or missing out of 120,000 who engaged in the fight pitting Confederate Generals James Longstreet and Braxton Bragg against Union Army commanders William Rosecrans and George Thomas. This battle was the most significant Union defeat in the Western Theater, and fought with the second highest number of casualties in the war after Gettysburg.
The final documentary runs 75 minutes and the DVD presents nearly an hour of special features, including Vice-President Dick Cheney's September 19, 2008 speech to officially open the re-enactment and to honor his ancestor Capt. Samuel Fletcher Cheney, a veteran of the 1863 battle.