Premier Showing: Caught in the Sweep of History: Egypt in the Civil War – the Second Year


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Date(s) & Time(s)::

August 23, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Location: Murphysboro's Historic Liberty Theater, Murphysboro, IL

Event Description

The General John A. Logan Museum’s one-half hour video Caught in the Sweep of History: Egypt in the Civil War – the Second Year will premier at 6:00 pm on Saturday, August 23 in Murphysboro’s Historic Liberty Theater. This film tells the story of 19 Southern Illinois counties during the second year of the war. Like the award winning video which covered the war’s first year, it does not focus so much on the battles of the war as it does on the individuals who fought those battles and the families they left behind.

The second year of the Civil War in the West was a time of consolidating victories and positioning armies for the great battles that came in 1863. This year saw President Lincoln call for additional troops and the federal government expanded in its effort to win the war. In the war’s second year thousands of new troops entered the Union Army to quickly learn that disease was more likely to take their lives than the Rebels. It was a year when Egyptians not only sacrificed the lives of loved ones but, in their minds, lost their Constitutional rights to a federal government’s enactment of income tax and indiscriminant arrests. This year also saw Egypt’s soldiers’ resolve was severely tested by Lincoln’s issuing the Emancipation Proclamation, should they desert or remain loyal to the Union.

The documentary is a companion to the museum’s Caught in the Sweep of History exhibit. It was co-written by David Rush, P. Michael Jones and Bert Hinchman. Richard Kuenneke once again provided videography and editing. Caught in the Sweep of History: Egypt in the Civil War – the Second Year was partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly.

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