The first battle fought by African-Americans in the Civil War, depicted for the first time ever in film. A film by Brant Hadfield.
“The Battle of Island Mound” is a short film made in collaboration with Missouri State Parks and Brant Hadfield of Motionpath Productions. The film depicts the inspiring true story of the first battle fought by African-American soldiers in the Civil War, fought and won by the 1st Kansas Colored Infantry. Without the courage and victory of the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteers, there would not have been the 54th who were famously depicted in the 80’s film “Glory”.
As told by a young, runaway slave and newly enlisted Union soldier named George Washington, it all happened in Missouri in October 1862. George’s regiment was charged with clearing out a large group of rebel forces near the Missouri-Kansas border in Bates County, Missouri.
Unlike the men in “Glory,” these men won despite being surrounded and outnumbered nearly 5 to 1. It’s an incredible story of honor, courage and the fight for freedom now told for the first time on film.
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