As a blog that's been around a while, sometimes a contact is received suggesting some free advertising. This blog doesn't allow ads, sticking strictly to info. But it is okay to pass this along:
A new Civil War film is to be released in June from Ron Maxwell (director of God and Generals and Gettysburg), called Copperhead, about a Northern farmer who opposes the war. In Upstate New York, 1862, "dairy farmer Abner Beech despises slavery – but just as passionately opposes the war that President Lincoln is waging." "Abner is neither a Yankee nor a Rebel. He is what is known as a Copperhead. A local anti-slave zealot named Hagadorn stirs up the town against him, first with pamphlets, then with rumors that prompt shopkeepers to boycott Abner’s dairy products, next by coaxing the community to shun his family." And there's a subplot where Abner’s son falls in love with Hagadorn’s daughter, enlists to please her, and goes missing in action. The furnished synopsis goes on to say: "American political issues may have evolved since 1862, yet the uncertainty and violence with which we deal with them has not – as Copperhead vividly demonstrates time and again. Copperhead is a parable of the Civil War and perhaps for our own time."
What also caught my eye was the name of the antagonist: Hagadorn. It's a main road in East Lansing where yours truly went to college.
Here's hoping the movie will be a fitting addition to the pantheon of memorable Civil War films. Click on the "Film" link to this blog to see prior entries on CW movies, including a May 2008 post on favorites.