For those of you who may not know, for the last year, I’ve been slowly working on a Civil War documentary. It wasn’t quite how I planned to spend my year (creatively I had planned on focusing on a novel) but something about the story fired my imagination and over the past few months, I’ve built a great crew who is really committed; folks from Discovery Communications, from the National Museum of American History, and from Docs in Progress as well as accessing some amazing resources from the Library of Congress and National Archives. And now we’re crowdfunding to raise money to cover research, licensing and then produce a short film.
This it! Weâ€™re down to the last few hours of the Kickstarter for the â€œInvalid Corps and the Battle of Fort Stevens.â€ If you havenâ€™t, please take a moment to go donate. If you have, thank you for helping us bring this amazing story to the screen.
The story: TheÂ InvalidÂ CorpsÂ was aÂ corpsÂ of men with disabilities who fought in the Civil War. Men who were injured in battle or who acquired chronic illnesses â€“ men missing limbs, and eyes, with rheumatism, epilepsy, bullet injuries, those with what we would now call PTSD, and many others. Rather than be discharged, they continued to serve the Union cause.
Basically, this is a piece of disability and veteran’s history that just hasn’t been seen or heard before. We want to capture it and make sureÂ that the service and sacrifice by these menÂ isn’t lost forever.
Take a look and donate and share,Â before time runs out!