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New Civil War movie, "THE ROAD TO ANDERSONVILLE" is ready!

The Story Of Michigan’s Native American Soldiers in the Civil War will be told
on film for the very first time!

PREMIER SHOWING IN MT. PLEASANT ON APRIL 10, 2013
7PM in Park Library Auditorium, 250 East Preston Street
On the campus of Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI.
This film premier is free of charge and open to the public.

It is a lost chapter in Civil War history – How a group of Michigan Native Americans volunteered to be sharpshooters in the army of General Grant.
THE ROAD TO ANDERSONVILLE is the first serious attempt to put on film the recently discovered story of Company K, First Michigan Sharpshooters regiment. This was the ONLY unit in the Union army where every man was a Native American. They came from the tribes of Michigan. Most of them were professional deer hunters, well suited to be sharpshooters on the battlefields of Virginia. Their record in the war was outstanding. And their losses were high – one out of every three men who enlisted would not live to see the end of the war.
Award-winning film producer David B. Schock, Ph.D., made a journey to Georgia in 2010 with a group of modern-day Native Americans. The men were members of the Anishinabe Ogitchedaw Warriors Society, an organization of veterans that meet on the reservation in Mt. Pleasant. They were on their way to honor the graves of seven members of Company K who died while prisoners of war at the infamous Andersonville Prison. Intrigued by this forgotten chapter of Michigan history, Schock began a two-year journey of his own, traveling around the state with his camera, interviewing historians such as Raymond Herek and Chris Czopek. He also visited Pow Wow events and the homes of descendants of the Company K soldiers. One of the highlights of the film is an interview with Don Otto, grandson of Pvt. Marcus Otto, telling stories handed down in the family about his Civil War ancestor. One of the big questions has always been “Why?” Why were these 140 men (who were not US citizens) willing to join the Army and fight for the United States? This question, and others, are discussed in the film.
There will be a reception after the showing. Dr. Schock and experts on Civil War history will be there to answer questions about the film and give further information on Company K.

Chris, will the movie be available in other formats, or only on the "big screen"?

The film is now available for individuals and institutions. Learn more at www.roadtoandersonville.com. And beyond the film, there is the possibility of community presentations of the film, accompanied by premier historians Chris Czopek ("Who Was Who in Company K") and Ray Herek ("These Men Have Seen hard Service") and members of the Ogitchedaw, Native American Veterans including those whose ancestors served in Company K and those who made the trip to Andersonville.

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