Gettysburg (2011 film)

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Written by Richard Bedser
Ed Fields
Directed by Adrian Moat
Narrated by Sam Rockwell
Theme music composer Anthony Lledo
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
  • Mary Lisio
  • Ben Fox
  • Christopher Cowen
  • Vlokkie Gordon
  • David Wicht
Cinematography Michael Snyman
Editor(s) Douglas Moxon
Running time 85 minutes
Production company(s) Scott Free
Original network History Channel
Original release
  • May 30, 2011 (2011-05-30)

Gettysburg is a 2011 American Civil War television documentary film directed by Adrian Moat that was first aired on May 30, 2011 (Memorial Day) on History. This two-hour documentary film, narrated by actor Sam Rockwell, commenced a week of programming by the History channel honoring and commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War. Gettysburg showcases the horror of the pivotal 1863 Battle of Gettysburg by following the stories of eight men as they put their lives on the line to fight for what they believed in.


  • Lieutenant Colonel Rufus Dawes voiced by André Sogliuzzo
  • Sergeant Amos Humiston voiced by Tyrel Meyer
  • Colonel James Wallace voiced by actor Joshua Artis[1]
  • Brigadier General William Barksdale
  • Brigadier General Joseph R. Davis
  • Assistant Surgeon LeGrand Wilson
  • Private Joseph C. Lloyd voiced by actor Johnny Ray Meeks[1]
  • Private D. Ridgely Howard

Civil War Week[edit]

On February 9, 2011, President and General Manager of History channel, Nancy Dubuc, announced the channel's partnership with the Civil War Trust and the National Park Foundation for GIVE 150, a massive educational and fund-raising initiative to enhance Civil War education nationwide, and to protect and preserve battlefields and other key sites from this pivotal period in American history.[2] Dedicated to highlighting the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War an entire week of programming will be set aside featuring various new and old episodes of shows showcasing the war.[3] In 2011 Civil War Week will commence on Memorial Day Monday with war themed episodes of Pawn Stars followed by the television premiere of Gettysburg. Throughout the week there will be new episodes of American Pickers, reruns of Brad Meltzer's Decoded, Modern Marvels and other various shows, along with the premiere of Lee & Grant a television documentary film directed by John Ealer.[4]


The production was filmed in Western Cape, South Africa.[5]

Marketing campaign[edit]

Companies which signed on to sponsor the title and the Civil War Week project include Geico, Ram, and Bank of America.[3]

Wanting to entice young and middle aged men to watch the Memorial Day special, senior director of consumer marketing at History Ann Marie Granite, went back to Microsoft's Xbox 360 to help promote the film. Features allow users to compete for prizes by downloading free market content from the Xbox Live store, other features include an interactive map of Gettysburg that provides historical background on each day of battle and campaigning videos that showcase the movie.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Ohio Wesleyan Stars". myOWU. Retrieved 2011-05-28. 
  2. ^ "History to Honor and Commemorate". the Futon Critic. Retrieved 2011-05-29. 
  3. ^ a b "Ridley Scott and The History Channel to Develop American Civil War Documentary GETTYSBURG". Dave Trumbore. Retrieved 2011-05-29. 
  4. ^ "Civil War Week Guide". History Channel. Retrieved 2011-05-29. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Szkotak, Steve (2011-05-28). "Scott Brothers Capture Civil War with Gettysburg". Retrieved 2011-05-29. 
  6. ^ "Marketing Microsoft". ClickZ. Retrieved 2011-05-29. 

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