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September 5, 2013

'Historical entertainment'

'Gettysburg' actor, adviser to speak at Civil War Roundtable meeting in Salisbury

Confederate Gen. A.P. Hill is coming to the North Shore, and it isn’t the first time.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of the film “Gettysburg,” noted Civil War historian Patrick Falci will give a presentation for the Civil War Roundtable of the Merrimack in Salisbury on Wednesday.

Falci, who portrays Hill in the 1993 film, spent five years prior to the production working as a historical adviser to director Ronald Maxwell.

“If you want to hear about plenty of stories about the making of the movie, there are plenty of stories about colorful personalities such as Martin Sheen, Tom Berenger, Jeff Daniels and Sam Elliott,” Falci said. “A lot of things came about. If you love the history of the Civil War, come see the presentation. If you’re interested in how a movie is made and if you want to hear entertaining stories about the business, come on down, it’s a presentation for everybody.”

Three years ago, Falci paid his first visit to the Civil War Roundtable to give his Hill presentation.

“I guess they liked it so much that they asked me to come back,” Falci said. “I’m in uniform, and I call it historical entertainment. When I do my presentation on Gen. Hill, I also become a cast of thousands.”

This time around, Falci will focus on the making of the film, which was based on the book “The Killer Angels” by Michael Shaara. He will talk about the process of turning the book into a screenplay, show a slide program on the movie and even re-enact some of the scenes.

Roundtable board member and webmaster Bill Hallett couldn’t be happier to welcome Falci back.

“He is very personable,” Hallett said. “He is very approachable. People can come up and talk to him; he will sign autographs at the meeting.”

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