Carmichael quoted in Denver Post article on Civil War documentary

Civil War Institute director Peter Carmichael was quoted in a June 16 Denver Post article about a Civil War documentary.

From the Post:

Great Divide has been in the documentary business for more than 20 years. Recently the company has been producing films for visitor centers for more than 25 national parks — which is how they won the rights to film battlefield re-enactments on location in Shiloh National Military Park, Chickamauga/Chattanooga National Military Park and Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.

"We want to tell the story that goes beyond military and civil war buffs," Wheeler said. "It's been a generation since Ken Burns' "Civil War." People need to hear this story again."

The fact is, nearly 700,00 lives were lost when the nation spun out of control from 1861-85, he notes. Hard feelings endure a century and a half later, particularly in the South.

"The Civil War did not bring a birth of new freedom," Peter S. Carmichael, Civil War professor at Gettysburg College says in the preview clip. "The Civil War gave birth to profound and divisive questions that Americans continue to grapple with today."

It's an ambitious project by local filmmakers at a time when there are fewer outlets for this sort of documentary.


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