JOIN US ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2024, AT 7:15 P.M. (Pacific Time)
FOR A PROGRAM ON "THE GREATEST ESCAPE, A TRUE CIVIL WAR ADVENTURE"
WITH Doug Miller, Author, Historian and Pasadena CWRT Member
The Greatest Escape: A True American Civil War Adventure tells the amazing story of the largest prison breakout in U.S. history. It took place during the Civil War, when more than 1200 Yankee officers were jammed into Libby, a special prison considered escape-proof, in the Confederate capitol of Richmond, Virginia.
A small group of men, obsessed with escape, mapped out an elaborate plan and one cold and clear night, 109 men dug their way to freedom. Freezing, starving, clad in rags, they had to still travel 40 miles to Yankee lines and safety. They were pursued by all the white people in the area, but every Black person they encountered was their friend. In every instance, slaves risked their lives to help these Yankees, and their journey was aided by a female-led Union spy network. All these diverse heroes worked together, risking everything, united in their hatred of slavery.
Since all the escapees were officers, they all could read and write well. Over 50 of them would publish riveting accounts of their adventures. This is the first book to weave together these contemporary accounts into a true-to-life narrative. Much like a Ken Burns documentary, this book uses the actual words the prisoners recorded more than 150 years ago, as found in their many diaries and journals.
Douglas Miller is a writer, filmmaker, and photographer based in Los Angeles. He is best known for producing and writing the popular independent documentary “When Stand Up Stood Out,” about the “gold rush” of the 70s and 80s Boston Comedy scene, and for writing and editing the documentary “Bettie Page Reveals All,” which won “Best Feature Documentary” at the 2013 Garden State Film Festival.
Miller’s recent writing, producing and editing work includes programs for IFC and The History Channel (notably the series “The Color of War,” “Modern Marvels,” and “Boneyards”). His film work has taken him all over the world and his photography has been exhibited in galleries from Paris, to New York, to Los Angeles.
Mr. Miller grew up in the steel and coal town of Steubenville, Ohio. He had to drop out of high school but went on to become a finalist for a National Merit Scholarship, and graduated with a BFA in filmmaking from the State University of New York at Purchase. There he studied under documentary filmmaker Willard Van Dyke, head of the Museum of Modern Art’s Film Dept. and a founding member of the famed Group F64.
He spent the 80s in Boston, writing and shooting documentaries, commercials, industrials, and music videos, including directing and producing the popular sports special “Fenway Park, Home of the Red Sox.”
Mr. Miller lives in Studio City, California with his wife of 45 years, Hollywood costume designer Carol Ramsey. Their daughter Maren is a graphic designer and artist in New York City.
For more info on Doug Miller, please visit www.DougAMiller.com for a list of his film work and two dozen of his unique photo essays.
Our speaker will bring copies of his book for sale and signing for only $20. For more about his book, check out www.thegreatestescapebook.com.
He will also bring stories of his attendance at the February 10 event to commemorate the 160th Anniversary of the Libby Prison Escape of 1864, being held in Richmond, Virginia.
Thanks to the volunteer efforts and expertise of our Pasadena CWRT members, Tina Miller and Monika Skerbelis, we are now able to record our monthly meetings and post the videos to our YouTube Channel for your enjoyment and edification if you are unable to join us for our live meetings. We invite you to check out the videos from our two years of virtual meetings, as well as our most recent presentations, at our YouTube Channel:
We are indebted to Tina and Monika for helping us to bring this wonderful added benefit to allow our non-local members and guests to enjoy the presentations of our distinguished roster of speakers.
PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR IN-PERSON MEETING:
Pasadena CWRT - TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2024 - 7:15 PM (Pacific Time)
The Blinn House - 160 North Oakland Avenue - Pasadena