Journey to the Wilderness

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Acclaimed journalist Frye Gaillard wades into the heritage-vs-hate debate about how we view the Confederacy with a first-person memoir. The former reporter for The Charlotte Observer and author of over 20 books on the history and culture of the South reflects on his own family's 250-year history of membership in the Southern aristocracy which included owning hundreds of slaves. The film is a parallel journey. Through his letters to and from home it follows the war through the eyes of Gaillard's great uncle Franklin, a Confederate officer who fought with Robert E. Lee through every major battle from Bull Run to The Wilderness. It simultaneously traces Gaillard's life long struggle through his distinguished career to 'navigate' his 'way into and through the tangled web' of his 'own conscience and heritage. '

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