The Private History of a Campaign That Failed

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"The Private History of a Campaign that Failed" is one of Mark Twain's sketches (1885), a short, highly fictionalized memoir of his two-week stint in the pro-Confederate Missouri State Guard. It takes place in Marion County, Missouri, and is about a group of inexperienced militiamen, the Marion Rangers.

Television film[edit]

The Private History of a Campaign That Failed
Written by Philip H. Reisman Jr.
Directed by Peter H. Hunt
Starring Edward Herrmann
Pat Hingle
Joseph Adams
Harry Crosby
Kelly Pease
Music by William P. Perry
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Peter H. Hunt
Cinematography Walter Lassally
Editor(s) Herbert H. Dow
Running time 89 minutes
Production company(s) Nebraska Educational Television
Distributor PBS
Original network PBS
Original release April 6, 1981 (1981-04-06)

In 1981, a made-for-television film adaptation of The Private History of a Campaign that Failed was broadcast on PBS starring Edward Herrmann, Pat Hingle, Joseph Adams, Harry Crosby and Kelly Pease.


  • Edward Herrmann as The Stranger
  • Pat Hingle as Col. Ralls
  • Joseph Adams as Capt. Tom Lyman
  • Harry Crosby as Cpl. Ed Stevens
  • Kelly Pease as Cab
  • Gary McCleery as Second Lieutenant
  • Roy Cockrum as Sgt. Bowers

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