Moviemakers to keep promise of battlefield preservation
By LAURA ERNDE
Now that filming of the movie "Gods and Generals" has ended, the film company will turn its attention to fulfilling a promise to the 3,000 re-enactors who volunteered their services.
Filmmakers have established a nonprofit foundation to buy a Civil War battlefield and protect it from development, said Dennis Frye, a local historian who was an associate producer for the movie.
The movie company has said it would donate up to $1 million to the foundation. An exact amount has not been determined, although Director Ronald Maxwell has committed to giving at least $500,000.
A specific battlefield hasn't been named, but it probably will be in Virginia, Frye said.
Not only is Virginia a central location for many of the volunteers, but it also has more endangered battlefield land available, he said.