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February 23, 2001

Panel features Civil War enacters

by Steve Sullivan
In conjunction with a new History Channel documentary, a panel discussion on "The Unending Civil War," will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in the Memorial Union Sun Room.

The panel will include Civil War reenactors Joseph McGill and John Krausse, who are featured in a documentary, The Unending Civil War, which premiered Feb. 19 on the History Channel. Glen Kirshbaum, the documentary's writer, director and producer, also will be on the panel. Clips of the documentary will be shown. Mary Sawyer, associate professor of religious studies, will moderate.

McGill is the founder of Company "I" 54 Massachusetts Reenactment Regiment. The real regiment inspired the award-winning movie, Glory, in which McGill appeared.

Krausse has been involved in Civil War reenacting for 15 years and lectures on the experiences, lifestyles and songs of Confederate soldiers. He portrays a second sergeant in the 1st Tennessee Regiment (Archer's Brigade).

Kirshbaum won Emmy Awards for Hitler: Man and Myth. His company, Greystone Communications, has produced more than 500 hours of television programming for various networks, including NBC, A&E and the Discovery Channel.

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