Did Lynchburg Not Have a Slave and Free Black Population?
Looks like the folks at Historic Sandusky in Lynchburg, Virginia have produced a quality film on the battle of Lynchburg. It is scheduled to premier in May, but they have released a two-minute trailer, which you can view here. Like I said, I was impressed with the quality, but I was struck by the failure to include one black face in the trailer. Hunter’s Raid had profound implications for the area’s slave population, including Lynchburg. In 1860 the free black population of the city was around 3,000 and included a few hundred free blacks. [I highly recommend the book, Free Blacks of Lynchburg, 1805-1865 by Ted Delaney and Phillip W. Rhodes.]
Perhaps the film does include a dramatization of what Hunter’s Raid meant to the black population, but to not include anything in the trailer may leave the impression that the film is only being marketed to one segment of the population. Look very closely, however, and you will see a “black Confederate” soldier at the 1:27 mark. I do like the burning homes and the Union soldier with the torch in hand at the very end..