Mon, May 8, 2017

Strategic Art Film Program 'Ride with the Devil'

The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) invites you to the next Strategic Art Film Program on May 8, 2017 at 6:00PM. Released in 1999, Ride with the Devil, immerses the viewer in the chaotic and bloody reality of guerrilla warfare during the American Civil War. Starring Tobey McGuire, Skeet Ulrich, and Jewel Kilcher, the movie is set in the border state of Missouri, where the backcountry favored the Confederacy and the major cities and towns like St. Louis remained loyal to the Union. Neighbors fought neighbors. Confederate guerrillas fought Unionist militias and Union regular forces creating a downward spiral of violence that took an ever increasing toll on the humanity of the participants.

The film reminds us that the United States has itself been the scene of violent insurgencies and counterinsurgencies, and that such warfare is not alien to the heritage of American war-making. It also highlights such strategic themes as the plight of civilians in civil and irregular wars; the salience of loyalty, ethnicity, and geography in such conflicts; the power of perception and chance in war; and the human dimension of war. Turning many conventional and politically-correct tropes on their head, by the end of the film viewers should have a different opinion of the character and scope of the American Civil War.

Join the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) on Monday, May 8, 2017 at 6:00PM for the next public viewing of the Strategic Art Film Program. A short scene-setter presentation and discussion, moderated by Dr. Christian Keller, will precede the film. Ride with the Devil is free, open to the public, and will be shown at U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, Pa 17013.