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Big News for The Angel! Inspiration.tv, International will be airing The Angel of Marye's Heights in 2014. INI.TV reaches more than 171 countries across the world and over 100 million viewers. We are pleased to have our film air on their network and to the inspired millions that will be able to share in Richard Kirkland's heroic deed. 

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Right Stripe Media was formed in 2010 when Clint Ross, an independent filmmaker, partnered with historian and author Michael Aubrecht. Both principals came together to produce the critically acclaimed Civil War documentary The Angel of Marye’s Heights. Following the success of this highly original and dramatic piece, Clint and Michael decided to form a production company geared towards bringin...

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When Clint Ross and I began to discuss the making of “The Angel of Marye’s Heights,” we had no intentions other than producing Clint’s thesis film as a documentary. In the back of our minds we may have thought in terms of a DVD, but we never anticipated the film becoming a museum exhibit and popular gift shop item. Yet here we are, eight months after the film’s release, two months after the DVD’s release, and we are already on exhibit and/or sold at the National Civil War Life Museum, the Confederate Relic Room and Museum, the Manassas Museum and the Eastern National bookstore at Fredericksburg Battlefield.  We have screened the movie across four states while getting coverage in print, on TV and radio. Our website continues to draw hundreds of new fans a month and we are booked for speaking engagements for months to come. We are certainly blessed indeed.

Most surprising to us is the use of our film in the classroom. Our movie is currently being used as part of an 8th-grade history course in Paradise California where a teacher’s activity guide has been developed around it. The workbook includes a variety of student activities including a TAMH crossword puzzle, word search, word grid, and essay section where kids can use their imaginations. The course was designed by historian and teacher Linda Nassie to accompany the DVD of our film. (You may recall Ms. Nassie’s contribution as a guest blogger on Blog, or Die and she also has some wonderful articles coming up in Patriots of the American Revolution.)

Last month Ms. Nassie contacted us to ask permission to use our film in her classroom. She then went to the point of developing a special curriculum to compliment the DVD and even sent copies to us to share with other teachers. We were so impressed that I recorded a special video message for the class and asked them to share their thoughts on both the film and the memory of Richard Kirkland. Here are some of the student’s responses:

“The story of Richard Kirkland is a great and inspiring one, and in this movie is presented in a way that magnifies those attributes.” Benton

“The movie was informational and wasn’t too long. I liked how people were acting it out and telling the story.” – Amber

“This film showed unity at the breaking point. Richard went back to help his enemies; this showed we are united even when divided. Its why there is still a United States. This film was very inspiring in the fact that it drives you to do the right thing. Until this movie, I had never heard of this battle either, so my education was broadened.” - Katie

“This movie was very awe-inspiring and powerful in its use of music, photos, paintings, maps and diagrams. It also told an amazing story.” – Chloe

“I had no idea a man in the Confederate army would do such a thing.” – Cody

“I thought that is was a great example of bravery and courage because Richard Kirkland was both brave and courageous.” - Diana

“The Angel of Marye’s Heights is a very inspiring movie. The way the story unfolds slowly and draws you in. Then bam! It hits you. The moral of the story: that two sides are better together, helping one another than fighting. They should all be fighting against slavery.” – Morgan

“Richard Kirkland was a hero even though he fought for the opposite side that was known as the Confederate army. We can all learn something about humility from this man.” – Colton

And my personal favorite: “The greatest historical movie since The Patriot.” – Nick

 
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“With our blockbuster World War I exhibit coming to a close, we were looking for a new film to show to our guests as they enter the museum and ‘The Angel of Marye’s Heights’ was the perfect fit. The core of our collection centers around Civil War history and Kirkland’s story is that of an ordinary man and something that we feel all of our guests can relate to. The film is looped on our large screen television in the museum’s entryway and we’ve had a number of people stop and watch the whole film in its entirety. One particular morning when we were hosting home school students the kids even wanted to stop and watch.” – Kaela Harmon, Advancement Coordinator, Confederate Relic Room and Museum

 
On exhibit at the CRR&M
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Last week Clint and I received a request from the good folks at the Confederate Relic Room Museum in Columbia SC, who wanted to add our movie to their exhibits. Needless to say we granted them permission and they changed the museum’s entry exhibit from a WWI film to ours. Now every visitor entering the CRR&M will see “The Angel of Marye’s Heights” running in a loop. (As soon as I get a photo of the exhibit, I will post it here with more detail. BTW: Right Stripe Media has been working pre-production for our next project and I will share the details in a future post.)

 
April 30th: Pittsburgh PA
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This week I completed my presentation for the upcoming Civil War Weekend (April 30th) at the Carnegie-Carnegie Music Hall. Back in November, I had the privilege of hosting a premiere for our documentary on Richard Kirkland at the Carnegie and I was thrilled when they asked if I would return to present a lecture and host another film screening. (I get to do both twice.)

My speech is titled “The Gallant Boys of the 123rd” and presents the experiences of the Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry at the Battle of Fredericksburg. In addition to having a library and music hall, the Carnegie-Carnegie is also the home to the Capt. Thomas Espy Post No. 153 of the Grand Army of the Republic. We know for a fact that there were at least three veterans of the 123rd who survived the Battle of Fredericksburg and were later members of the Espy Post, hence the tie in to our film.

In addition to the 123rd Vols., I also spend time talking about General Andrew A. Humphreys, who led men from the Pennsylvania Infantry in the assault on Marye’s Heights. His troops were the furthest to advance on this portion of the Army of Northern Virginia’s lines. Today, Humphreys’ statue commands the center of the Fredericksburg National Cemetery, the final resting place of 15,000 Federal troops who never made it home. Next to the Kirkland monument, his is the only statue on the field.

In my research I have come to the conclusion that there is a limited amount of materials published specifically on the 123rd. Shortly after the war Samuel Bates wrote a study titled “History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65”  and more recently, a Pittsburgh attorney named Scott Lang, wrote an outstanding book called “The Forgotten Charge: The 123rd Pennsylvania at Marye’s Heights.”

Both of these sources provided me with some great background information. I am also using National Park Historian Frank O-Reilly’s description of the 123rd’s preparation and entry into battle from his excellent book “The Fredericksburg Campaign: Winter War on the Rappahannock.”

It would be redundant for me to simply rehash these gentlemen’s findings, so when I was preparing for this talk I wanted to bring something special to the podium. What I was able to do, through the help of my friends at the National Park Service, was to get transcripts from four diaries belonging to members of the 123rd. None of these memoirs have been published and I am quoting a sample of their recordings before and after the battle.

I must say that this lecture was a breath of fresh air as it is the first of mine to concentrate entirely on the Union perspective. Those familiar with my work know that the majority of my books and speaking engagements have always been focused on the Confederacy.  It was while working on “The Angel of Marye’s Heights” that I started to realize the one-sidedness of my writings and this initiated a desire to cross battle lines and expand my attentions toward the boys in blue.

I am anxious to see what responses I get. On a few occasions that I have presented the Northern perspective, I have been met with backlash by a minority of individuals who were offended that I spent time on those “Damn Yankees.” In fact, one southern-based group absolutely refused to review my devotional “The Southern Cross” after they saw that I included a handful of Union stories. Apparently the 45 Confederate – to – 5 Union stories was unacceptable so they returned the review copy to me on their own dime. 

Personally, I found that to be offensive. Growing up in Pittsburgh as a devout Civil War 'buff,' I never really favored either side. After moving to Fredericksburg in 1994, I became serious about my writing and perhaps it was my location, or my initial focus on religion during the war that led me to focus on the South. Years later, 5 of my 6 books are clearly written from the Confederate perspective. 

During my last speech in November, I saw an opportunity to tie the Kirkland film and the Espy Post together through the 123rd. This presentation was a great way to do that. Admittedly it is total speculation, but many members of the 123rd were trapped on the field overnight. Some were severely wounded and ‘could have’ been tended to by Richard Kirkland on the morning after the battle.

James M Watson was shot and remained bleeding on the field until the following morning. Eventually he was removed by an ambulance crew assigned to the 123rd, but would die six weeks later on January 28th, 1863. His story, as well as that of several comrades in arms who survived the war are included in my talk. I am using their own words as well as a series of photographs and illustrations to compliment my narrative.

As with past talks, I hope to record the event on video. Regardless, I will be sure to post the transcripts and slides here on Blog or Die. Of all the wonderful things that I get to do, speaking engagements are by far the most fun. What better way to meet people, feed your ego, sell your wares and share our nation’s history with the masses. This will be my 18th formal speaking engagement and to be able to present it in my hometown, and follow it with a screening of our movie is a blessing indeed.

For more information on this FREE event, visit the Carnegie-Carnegie website  and scroll down to their Civil War Weekend link.

COMING UP: A noted teacher and historian from CA is planning on using “The Angel of Marye’s Heights” in her 8th Grade history classes to show Kirkland’s story and how it is remembered. She is also developing some age-appropriate classroom materials to go with the film. In appreciation, I am recording a special video message for the students and asking them to share their thoughts on the movie. Their responses will be posted on a special section over on the movie’s official website and we will be making this courseware available to teachers who wish to purchase our film. Stay tuned.

 
RECENT PRAISE
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I just received my copy of "The Angel of Marye's Heights" and it is definitely the best video of the Battle of Fredericksburg I have ever seen. I live in Fredericksburg and have done a fair amount of research on the battle and it does great honor to Sergeant Kirkland. The production is excellent and some of the animation is state of the art and will leave a lasting impression on anyone interested in the battle and the common soldier. – Respectfully, Rod Saunders [Lee’s Lts. member A.P. Hill], Fredericksburg, VA 

I was greatly impressed with the professional quality of the filming of the action itself but also the inclusion of the still photos - and that excellent 3 dimensional "map" that allows the viewer to see the battlefield from the ground. The commentary was exceptional. Not only did it describe the battle of Fredericksburg but also described its place in the War and where the war came from as well. Very nicely done. My congratulations. I hope the film gets the recognition that it deserves and is successful beyond your wildest dreams. – Author/historian Hugh Harrington

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