“The Lions of Gettysburg: Barksdale and the 13th Mississippi”
Dr. Christopher J. Lahr of Mississippi and several colleagues are collaborating on a new multi-media project on Confederate Brigadier General William Barksdale and his brigade of Mississippi infantry regiments at the battle of Gettysburg on July 2, 1863. The fiery Barksdale, a former United States congressman, was widely noted for his passion and rhetoric, as well as his ability to inspire men in combat. He led from the front and was heavily involved in the attack on Union positions in the Peach Orchard, and then led aggressively his men forward in pursuit of the retiring enemy troops. He would be shot multiple times and mortally wounded.
Focused on the 13th Mississippi of Barksdale’s brigade, Dr. Lahr’s project involves a professionally done CD/film/musical stage production with an original music score, as well as a supporting hard copy and digital book which is well in progress. Steven Acker and a team of musicians including singer Johnny Barranco have to date composed and recorded eight songs for the musical. Examples of these musical pieces can be viewed on You Tube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7gXZfQyKX0 and www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zm0T4isULCU. The following link will take you to the theme song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOOZbK4cN-M.
The upcoming book is tentatively entitled Lions of Gettysburg: William Barksdale, 1821-1863, Daniel Sickles, 1819-1914: A Galloping Ride Through American History.
For more information on this project, contact Chris Lahr at his email address, firstname.lastname@example.org.