Civil War Film Series Starts With ‘Josey Wales’

Throughout 2015, many cities, towns and historic sites in the U.S. will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. Durham played an incredibly important role in the conflict and its subsequent resolution: in April of 1865, the war’s largest troop surrender occurred at the farmhouse of James and Nancy Bennett near the present day location of the Bull City.

Beginning January 27, our Civil War Film Series screenings in historic Fletcher Hall will pay tribute to the 150th anniversary of the war’s end with classic films set during or immediately after the grueling conflict between the North and the South. For perspective, the Carolina Theatre opened its doors just 61 years after the end of the Civil War.

Here’s the schedule of spectacular movies we’ve lined up for you. All showings are at 7 p.m.:

Jan. 27  The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) - Clint Eastwood stars as a Confederate soldier pursued by the U.S. cavalry.

Feb. 10  Gods and Generals (2003) - A star-studded cast presents Civil War history through the life and times of Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson. It serves as a prequel of sorts for Gettysburg (Feb. 24).

Feb. 24  Gettysburg (1993) -  An incredible ensemble — including Tom Berenger, Jeff Daniels and Martin Sheen — delivers an epic movie about the war's bloody turning point.

Mar. 10  Glory (1989) - Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman star in a film about the United States' first all-African-American regiment.

Mar. 31  The Red Badge of Courage (1951) - John Huston directs Audie Murphy in an adapation of Stephen Crane's dazzing novel about the Civil War.

From the Clint Eastwood’s vengeful glare to Morgan Freeman’s sage wisdom to the stirring film version of Stephen Crane’s master work, these films present the incredible stories and raw emotions of one of the most challenging eras in American history. Each movie touches on the humanity of the period and the reality near the end of the first 100 years of the United States.

Durham will continue to mark the milestone of the war’s end with a variety of events throughout the year. Find out more about the region’s role in Civil War history at



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