As part of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, First Minnesota Films is producing No More Gallant a Deed, a documentary film on the remarkable story of the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Regiment.
This regiment, described by President Calvin Coolidge “as saviors of their country,” was composed of ten companies of 100 men each from nine Minnesota communities: Winona, Wabasha/Lake City, Red Wing, Hastings, Stillwater, Faribault, Minneapolis, St. Anthony, and St. Paul.
The story of the 1st Minnesota, once Minnesota’s greatest story, has been mostly forgotten. Through the use of archival photographs, newspaper reports, paintings, maps, music, and, most importantly, the voices of the soldiers and the citizens of Minnesota as captured in their letters and diaries, the story of the 1st and the state they called home will be brought to life. This project not only includes the film but also educational materials, books, public exhibitions, and other broadly based public education initiatives.
The premiere of the film is anticipated to be in May 2014, the 150th Anniversary of their being mustered out of the Union Army.
The 1st Minnesota’s signature act took place on July 2, 1863 during the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg, when two hundred sixty-two members of the 1st charged 1600 Confederates to buy five-minutes-time to allow Union reinforcements to arrive and close a dangerous gap in the Union line. At the end of the fight, only 42 men walked off the field; the rest were killed or wounded.
Our film is being funded through public support from Legacy Funds allocated by the State of Minnesota, from corporate sponsors and from private individuals. To date individual contributors have donated $100,000 in support of the research and story development.
Donations are being handled through IFP MN, a non-profit that supports the media arts and acts as a fiscal agent on behalf of filmmakers. Donations are fully tax deductible. Donations of $100 or more will receive a tax acknowledgement.