After months of planning, filming and editing, the 35-minute film was presented to a sold out audience just after 8 p.m.
Families, Civil War buffs, Marietta residents and re-enactors, many of whom were in the film, gathered to watch the retelling of one of the pivotal battles of the Civil War.
Before the film began, Ron Carter and Harper Harris played Civil War music on the organ and harmonica as the audience clapped and stomped along.
City Manager Bill Bruton, chair of the 150th Civil War Committee, unveiled a few of the city’s plans for the next nine months leading up to the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, which will be June 17, 2014.
The city, as well as the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, will welcome an expected 100,000 people to the area June 26-29 2014, said Nancy Walther, the Superintendent of Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.
The two mentioned an encampment on Marietta Square, real-life re-enactments of the battles and a of the battles and a constant stream of guided tours throughout the 2,923 acres of the park, complete with re-enactors camping out in the woods.
“These are really sacred grounds with historical significance,” Walther said.
Sitting on the ground, with her hand-sewn white floral dress, hoop skirt and petticoats draped around her, Kim Cole watched the film, alongside her friend Carlie Winegar, who was dressed in a similar green dress.
The two both live in Marietta, and have been involved with Civil War re-enactments for many years.
They were surprised by the number of people who came out for the weekend’s activities, who “crawled,” over the Civil War artifacts that were displayed on the 4th floor of the theatre before the film, Winegar said.
“I think history is something that shouldn’t be lost, and you can preserve it through living history … plus it’s fun,” she added.
Their husbands, Andy Coke and Robert Hale, agreed. The two stood with their rifles and in their soldier’s uniforms throughout the movie, yelling, “Fire,” along with the actors.
Karen Carlisle and her husband, Kee Carlisle, who dressed up earlier Sunday afternoon as a Confederate Solider at the Marietta Confederate Cemetery, were both impressed with the crowd that showed up.
“We just love Kennesaw Mountain, and all of the Civil War history around it,” Karen Carlisle said.
Many people in the audience live near the battlefield, like Anne Strand, the secretary of the Kennesaw Mountain Trail Club.
When she and her husband retired, they became active in the preservation of the park’s trails and history.
Of the movie, she said, “I think it’s wonderful. I saw them filming it; it has an astounding realism.”
Standing in her khaki uniform, which was plastered with badges, Strand spoke with excitement of the coming year’s commemorations, and urged community members to volunteer, donate money and get involved in the battlefield’s sesquicentennial this July.