Ride With Forrest For $1,000!

Of course, that $1000 will have to be in United States dollars …

Thanks to Kevin Levin, who has shown a recent interest in Confederate artifacts, we now know that someone is now looking to you to help fund a movie about the life of Nathan Bedford Forrest based on a book published by Sea Raven Press, the choice of Karen Cooper.

To preserve historical accuracy, we are working from an original screenplay by Lochlainn Seabrook, based on his non-fiction biography.  Everything Mr. Seabrook has written has been told from a southern perspective, and “A Rebel Born” is no different.  The character of Nathan Bedford Forrest comes across as a real human being.  He is confident and passionate, but also has a great sense of humor.

I wonder if Forrest will guffaw about Fort Pillow.

Playing Forrest will be Jerry Chesser. Here he is:

Watch Jerry at work:

Here’s the website detailing the levels of funding and what you will get in exchange.  Here’s what you’ll get for $1000:

At this level you will receive an advance world premiere DVD of the completed film, a world premiere poster signed by the director and cast members, a “thank you” listing in the ending credits, a copy of the book “A Rebel Born” by Lochlainn Seabrook, two tickets to the world premiere of the motion picture (current estimate January 2017), limited access to the set for you and a guest and a walk-on role if you desire. Production dates will be forwarded so you may choose dates that are convenient.

I am so glad they will work around Susan Hathaway’s schedule. But wait, there’s more … for only $5,000:

At this level you will receive an advance world premiere DVD of the completed film, a world premiere poster signed by the director and cast members, an “executive producer” listing in the beginning credits, a copy of the book “A Rebel Born” by Lochlainn Seabrook, two tickets to the world premiere of the motion picture (current estimate January 2017), a substantial supporting role with dialogue if you desire. Production dates will be forwarded so you may choose dates that are convenient.

Maybe Susan could play Mrs. Forrest and sing to him. Here’s an audition tape:

I wonder whether H. K. Edgerton will be eager to be in the movie as a member of Forrest’s black escort. He already has the costume.

Kevin’s warned us of the failure of various Civil War movies to raise funds via these online campaigns. However, he overlooked another memorable failed effort.

I’m waiting for word that a certain dust jacket designer will prepare the movie posters.

It’s a call to action for Confederate heritage apologists! Prove Kevin Levin wrong! Show him this is not a debacle! Raise that money, even if it’s Yankee money, to prove that the South will rise again!

After all, there was Birth of a Nation and Gone With the Wind. Good things come in threes, right? Put your money where your mouth is!

And You Thought $45 Was Too Much?

Last year several Civil War historians, including yours truly, collaborated on a volume edited by Ethan Rafuse that examined the performance of several Union corps commanders. I chose to write about Winfield Scott Hancock and the Overland Campaign, setting aside what some might see as the obvious choice of Hancock at Gettysburg, in part because at Gettysburg Hancock did not actually function as a corps commander. The Overland Campaign represented his first sustained experience as a corps commander. I was fortunate to be counted among a number of people who are distinguished Civil War historians in their own right.

Clearly some people thought the book was worth reading. Just take a look at what third party vendors want for it at Amazon:

Rafuse OneUsed, it can cost you even more:
Rafuse twoBy the way, the book retails for $45, and costs less on Amazon.

h/t to Ray (hope this doesn’t put you back on Chastain’s radar).