Film on Monocacy battle to premiere in Hagerstown

February 18, 2006|By TARA REILLY


A 106-minute movie shot mostly in Hagerstown and Boonsboro about the Confederate attempt to capture Washington, D.C., will premiere locally next month, the same day the DVD will go on sale.

The docudrama, "No Retreat From Destiny: The Battle That Rescued Washington," tells the story of the Battle of Monocacy on July 9, 1864, and the South's campaign to push the war into the north.

"The Confederates had them outnumbered three to one," said Russ Richards, founder and CEO of Historical Entertainment of Cascade. "They were evacuating Washington D.C., because the Confederates were that close."

The Monocacy National Battlefield is in Frederick County, Md.

"It's one of the most little-known greatest battles of the Civil War," he said.

Richards said the film also depicts the war's impact on civilians.

Historical Entertainment and Lionheart Filmworks of Richmond, Va., teamed up to form Monocacy Productions LLC, which produced the movie.

"We think it's better than 'Gods and Generals,' and we didn't have a $78 million budget," Richards said.


"Gods and Generals" was filmed mostly in Washington County.

"No Retreat From Destiny" will premiere on March 10 at Faith Chapel in downtown Hagerstown. The chapel is the site of the former Colonial Theatre.

The premiere is sponsored by the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and co-hosted by the Maryland Film Office.

The movie's budget was $400,000 and was shot over 22 days, Richards said.

The premiere is part of three-day re-enactors and movie extras convention and firing demonstration held by Historical Entertainment. The convention, which will include military displays and seminars, will be held March 11 at the Grand Venice Hotel on Dual Highway. The "live-fire" demonstration will be held March 12 at the North American Rod and Gun Club.

Information about the movie and tickets can be found at

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