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Production of the Warner Brothers and Ted Turner Pictures feature film, Gods and Generals,began in August 2001 in Lexington, Virginia. Based on the book of the same title by Jeff Shaara, and written and directed by Ron Maxwell, it is a prequel to the 1993 film, Gettysburg.
"Oh, what a bloody trail we have left behind to point out to all future generations . . ." Union army soldier D.G. Crotty wrote about his four years of "fighting, marching, digging and burying the dead" in Virginia.
Crotty's enemy has long since turned to dust, but his "bloody trail" is still very much alive in Virginia, the place where more major battles of the Civil War were fought than anywhere else in the nation. And today more than 300 sites are accessible to the public -- many for the first time -- through a network of statewide driving trails.
Start with Virginia Civil War Trails where visitors can explore the sites associated with the Civil War and specifically three of the four major battles that Gods and Generals features --The Seven Days battles near Richmond (beginning at Beaver Dam Creek, 1862), Fredericksburg (1862), and Chancellorsville (May 1863).
Together, the Virginia Civil War Trails project, the National Park Service and elements of the Virginia State Parks weave a tapestry of experience, deepening our understanding of those who endured the Civil War in Virginia.
For visitors interested in the social and political history of the Civil War, museums throughout Virginia describe its impact, too, on the everyday citizens of the 1860s. Many exhibits address the roles of women and children, enslaved and freed blacks. And thousands of reenactors bring the action of battle to life in Virginia at events throughout the year, such as they did in the making of Gods and Generals.
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