Union is a historic drama that follows the story of a woman who disguises herself as her dead brother Henry and joins the Confederate ranks during the Civil War. It’s a subject Hamilton became interested in after a visit to a Civil War living history camp in 1996.
“I was mesmerized by it. I saw the living historians, I saw the camp and it resonated with me. So I started doing the research to write the play.”
Hamilton was also influenced by the historical figure Joan of Arc, whom she saw often personified in a statue on Decatur Street in New Orleans where Hamilton grew up. Joan of Arc was the 15th Century female warrior who led thousands of men into battle wearing the battle attire of a man.
“I wanted to take that same theme and cast a female in the role of a Civil War soldier. I didn’t think that would be believable and I started doing the research and found that there were in fact hundreds.” Part of Hamilton’s research included the book “Patriot’s in Disguise” by Richard Hall. The book documents a few of the perhaps 700 women who disguised themselves as men to join the ranks.
“A lot of the women were not discovered until after they were killed.” Hamilton said.
Hamilton plans to resume filming with her production crew in Alabama as soon as she raises the money she said.
“We’ll be filming at Horse Pens 40, Ashville, Montevallo and in the Jacksonville area," she said."
Filming has been completed on a portion of the film and can be seen here on Vimeo.
Hamilton is looking forward to tonight’s reading that will conclude with a 15 minute talk back, “so the audience can ask questions and talk about the history behind it,” she said.
The event begins at 7 pm at the Birmingham Festival Theatre. To read a complete synopsis of the movie and make a donation visit the Union website at union-movie.com.