Canister fire at the Battle of Shiloh

In 2012 my son and I made a 600 mile trip to a reenactment in Tennessee – the Battle of Shiloh.  We took lots of photos and video.  At one point we got some of the Federal and Confederate reenactor troops  to work with us to film a canister fire sequence.  They were kind enough to oblige, even after a long day on their feet.

We quickly lined up two Federal Artillery pieces and a group of enthusiastic Confederate infantry.  Cameras were set up. Then… ACTION!

A big “Thank You” goes out to those who helped…

Battery C, 3rd Iowa Artillery

1st Tennessee Artillery

2nd Missouri Infantry

 

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DVD’s & Blu-ray’s For Sale

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“Without a Country” DVDs and Blu-rays are now available for purchase.  The movie played March 18th in Centerville, Iowa.  No further showings are scheduled at this time.  
If you would like to purchase your copy see details below.
  • DVD’s – $15 each
  • Blu-ray’s – $20 each
  • Add $4 for shipping
  • $5 discount applies to your order if you helped with the movie
Make your check out to “Brad Clark” and send to:
Brad Clark
2804 Elm Street
West Des Moines, IA  50265
Please tell me where to send your order and what you are ordering.  Thanks for your interest…  I hope you thoroughly enjoy the movie.
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About the story…  Will and Suzanne scratched out a living in the North Carolina mountains. Life was hard but their small farm was their little piece of Eden. When the Civil War broke out, they faced a desperate situation – they lived in the South yet they favored the Union cause.
“Without a Country” is based on the story of James Wilburn “Will” and Suzanne Lusk Clark. Will narrowly escaped death on the way to join the Federal army. He hid in the mountains to elude a Home Guard that made sport of killing men who avoided Confederate service. Meanwhile, Suzanne faced a Guard that torched her barn and stole her food. Bears and panthers lurked in the shadows, food was scarce and terror was a constant companion.

Daily Iowegian Coverage

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The recent premiere of “Without a Country” made the newspaper in Centerville, Iowa.  The Daily Iowegian gave us a BIG front page article and I send them a booming THANK YOU for their coverage.

I am sharing the front page article just in case you missed it.  It provides a nice overview of the story.  I sent the Iowegian several photos and these are the two they selected.  So congrats to Mary Lou Maclaird, Karen Hendrickson, Jeff Hendrickson and Ron Deal for getting their pictures on the front page of the paper – and it’s not related to a crime report!  (Joke)  

Iowegian Article 2

I want thank all who were involved with this project one more time.  There were around 80 of you!  Your efforts were critical.  This movie exists because of you.  This story came to life because of you.  Thanks!

DVD’s and Blu-ray’s For Sale

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“Without a Country” DVDs and Blu-rays are now available.  This is the movie that premiered March 18th.  Details are below.
  • DVD’s – $15 each
  • Blu-ray’s – $20 each
  • Add $4 for shipping
  • $5 discount applies to your order if you helped with the movie
Make your check out to “Brad Clark” and send to:
Brad Clark
2804 Elm Street
West Des Moines, IA  50265
Please tell me where to send your order and what you are ordering.  Thanks for your interest…  I hope you thoroughly enjoy the movie.

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The Majestic Day

This past Saturday (March 18th) was the BIG DAY –  the premiere of “Without a Country”!!!
The day started with a tasty lunch at the Hotel Continental, a charming restored hotel in Centerville, Iowa.   The hotel has hosted a number of notable guests including Jesse & Frank James, Booker T. Washington, Carrie Nation and Simon Estes.  It looked different in those days… but I suspect the hospitality was just as remarkable in those times as it was this past Saturday.  Many of the film cast and crew ate here before the show.  Photos are in linked Facebook pages HERE and HERE.
Then it was off to the Majestic Theater.  The short walk to the beautifully restored theater felt good after a hardy lunch.  I have included some photos from the front of the theater.  We had an enthusiastic crowd on hand.  Young and old all enjoyed a day where we stepped back in time to recall the amazing adventures of James Wilburn Clark and his wife Suzanne Lusk.
Times were hard back then.  Men with money ran the government and poor folks had work hard to get by.  The nation was divided and tensions ran high.  For many, war seemed like the answer.  That war took almost 3 million men.  As with so many wars, it was easy to start and exceedingly difficult to end.  Somehow, Will and Suzanne survived.  “Without a Country” gave the audience a taste of their struggle.

 

Without a Country – Coming Saturday

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You are invited to the premiere of “Without a Country”

Saturday March 18th at 1:30pm (please arrive 1:00-1:15)

Majestic Theater, 100 North 13th Street, Centerville, Iowa

(on the corner of Highway 2 and North 13th Street)

The movie is free of charge

A suggested donation – $5/person, $10/family

 

 

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