Friday, March 22, 2013

Yorker Peaceniks, 1862

The New Beginning posts the above trailer, with reviews and announcments, brought to us by local hero Bill Kauffman and Ronald F. Maxwell of Gettysburg (1993) fame — The Copperhead.

"A Copperhead was a member of a vocal group of Democrats located in the Northern United States of the Union who opposed the American Civil War, wanting an immediate peace settlement with the Confederates," Wikipedia tells us. "Republicans started calling antiwar Democrats 'Copperheads', likening them to the venomous snake. The Peace Democrats accepted the label, reinterpreting the copper 'head' as the likeness of Liberty, which they cut from copper pennies and proudly wore as badges."

Finally, a film that explains what this region is all about. A descendant of Southrons having grown up in Buffalo and now living in Rochester, forgive me if I expect this to be the cinematic event of a lifetime.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

My family on my mother's side were Southrons as well, and fought for the Confederacy, and I was born in Ohio a few miles south Mt. Vernon. It was there that congressman Clement Laird Vallandigham, a leader of the Copperhead faction, gave a speech that lead to his arrest and expulsion from the North.

Incidentally, Vallandingham began his career as a lawyer in Dayton.

March 22, 2013 at 9:28 PM  
Blogger The Daily Depredations said...

You might be interested to know that this was filmed at King's Landing Historical settlement

About 10-15 minutes outside my hometown of Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Should be great!

March 23, 2013 at 12:31 PM  

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