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LionHeart's: No Retreat from Destiny - The Battle that Rescued Washington 2 Disc Set (Soundtrack) &
LionHeart's: No Retreat from Destiny - The Battle that Rescued Washington DVD
     The Virginian Pilot, October 2005
"...Meticulously balanced and steadfastly grounded in historical research..."

     Featuring more than 2,000 extras and 100 speaking parts, principal photography lasted 22-days in the summer of 2004. Major combat footage was shot during the 140th Anniversary of the Battle of Monocacy Reenactment in July of 2004. This feature film is from filmmaker Kevin R. Hershberger, director of the award-winning feature, Wicked Spring, from a script written by Hershberger and historian John D. Pagano.

     The Battle of Monocacy is not as well-known as it should be, even among Civil War enthusiasts. The Union Commander in this engagement, General Lew Wallace, would be known to later generations primarily as the author of Ben Hur, with his important military achievement at Monocacy largely unappreciated. The Confederates' achievements were no less important. For the first time in the War, Confederate forces, under General Jubal Early, were within striking distance of Washington. A small force of reserves and battle tested veterans stood together to oppose the seemingly endless hordes of gray clad warriors, determined that the Rebels would never reach their beloved Capital. Eventually, the Confederates would make it to the very gates of Washington, where President Lincoln would be the first US President directly under fire at Ft. Stevens. Known as the "Battle That Saved Washington", the battle of Monocacy on July 9, 1864 between 18,000 Confederate and 5,800 Union troops marked the last campaign of the Confederacy to carry the war into the north. One of the objectives of this campaign was to capture Washington, D.C. Although this battle was a military victory for the Confederates, it was also a defeat. Time spent for battle cost the Confederates a day's delay in marching on the federal capital. The Federals' defense along the Monocacy River bought critical time to allow Washington to be reinforced. Early's raid would be thwarted and the war would be taken to the south for the rest of the war.