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WILDERNESS, Produced by Richard De Witt & JH Everett, Directed by Richard De Witt

WILDERNESS, Produced by Richard De Witt & JH Everett, Directed by Richard De Witt

May 5, 1864, the Civil War Battle of the Wilderness, Northern Virginia. Samuel Barnett and a group of Confederate soldiers lay low waiting for the inevitable… bullets and bayonets with the Army of the Potomac. Just as all hell is about to break loose, Samuel spots Jeremiah, a ten-year-old slave boy wandering through the woods right into the killing zone.

As the battle erupts, Samuel charges through the hellfire and saves Jeremiah from the wrath of war. Coming face-to-face with death, Samuel soon starts to question his war-torn life, Confederate philosophies, and the meaning behind his instincts to save a black child’s life. He finds himself on a journey home through a parallel wilderness with Jeremiah. As the two struggle with friendship and wandering through the wilderness, Samuel is challenged to see life through Jeremiah’s eyes and the eccentric characters who come out of the woods. As they continue to journey together through this strange but natural world, the only thing that keeps Samuel heading home and away from his inner hatred and war-scarred soul is Jeremiah’s way with the wilderness and his collection of letters from his worried wife back home.

Through the purity of Jeremiah and close encounters with life-challenging characters and the haunting ethereal wilderness, Samuel is able to find his way back home, only to realize that Jeremiah is the guiding light of his destiny.


 
 

General Lee In The Wilderness Campaign
By
Charles S. Vernable, Lieutenant-Colonel, C. S. A., Of General Lee's Staff

       DURING the winter of 1863-64 General Lee's headquarters were near Orange Court House. They were marked by the same bare simplicity and absence of military form and display which always characterized them. 
        Three or four tents of ordinary size, situated on the steep hillside, made the winter home of himself and his personal staff. It was without sentinels or guards. He used during the winter every exertion for filling up the thin ranks of his army and for obtaining the necessary supplies for his men. 
        There were times in which the situation seemed to be critical in regard to the commissariat. The supplies of meat were brought mainly from the states south of Virginia, and on some days the Army of Northern Virginia had not more than twenty-four hours' rations ahead. On one occasion the general received by mail an anonymous communication from a private soldier containing a very small slice of salt pork, carefully packed between two oak chips, and accompanied by a letter saying that this was the daily ration of meat, and that the writer having found it impossible to live on it had been, though he was a gentleman, reduced by the cravings of hunger to the necessity of stealing. The incident gave the commanding general great pain and anxiety, and led to some strong interviews and correspondence with the Commissary Department. During the winter General Lee neglected no interest of his soldiers. He consulted with their chaplains and attended their meetings, in which plans for the promotion of special religious services among the men were discussed and adopted. 
        While he was accessible at all times, and rarely had even one orderly before his tent, General Lee had certain wishes which his aides-d they must conform to. They did not allow any friend of soldiers condemned by court-martial (when once the decree of the court had been confirmed by him) to reach his tent for personal appeal, asking reprieve or remission of sentence. 

FULL REPORT CAN BE FOUND AT:

http://www.civilwarhome.com/leeinwilderness.html

 

WILDERNESS - Director Richard De Witt. Historical research - Last recording of the rebel yell. Smithsonian Archives.