Civil War Initiatives Continue at GCC

Two New Programs Announced:Screening of the new Civil War Film ‘Copperhead’ and Life and Limb Exhibit this Fall

Batavia, NY- Genesee Community College continues its commitment to honoring the 150th anniversary of The American Civil War with two more initiatives. The College is hosting a screening of The Civil War film “Copperhead” in the Stuart Steiner Theatre on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 7 pm. The screening is a benefit for the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council (GO ART!), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports and promotes art and culture in Genesee and Orleans Counties. In addition, the traveling exhibit, “Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War” from The National Library of Medicine will be on display this fall in the Alfred C. O’Connell Library on the GCC Batavia campus from September 16-October 26, 2013.

More than three million soldiers fought in the Civil War from 1861-1865. More than half a million died, and almost as many were wounded but survived. While the perspectives of surgeons, physicians, and nurses are richly documented in the history of Civil War medicine, the experiences of injured soldiers are less well known. “Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War” explores the experiences of disabled Civil War veterans who served as a symbol of the fractured nation and a stark reminder of the costs of the conflict.

Hundreds of thousands of soldiers were permanently disabled by battlefield injuries and battlefield operations meant that limbs were often sacrificed to save lives. It’s estimated about three quarters of all operations performed during the war were amputations. The exhibit explores how these veterans dealt with the loss of limbs and how they were treated in the post War years. It was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

“We are honored to be able to bring this exhibit to our library,” said Nina Warren, director of Library Services. “It will be of great interest to those interested in Civil War history, but also those interested in the history of medicine, and how society has treated wounded veterans, which is still a relevant issue today.”

GCC’s screening of the film “Copperhead” on Thursday, June 13, 2013 is based on the novel by Harold Frederic and is the third in director Ron Maxwell’s Civil War anthology. Local author Bill Kauffman wrote the screenplay for the film, which is a story about Abner Beech, a stubborn and righteous farmer of Upstate New York, who defies his neighbors and his government in the bloody and contentious autumn of 1862. The film stars Billy Campbell and Peter Fonda and will be publicly released in theatres on June 28, 2013.

The screening will be followed by a short presentation by Kauffman along with a question and answer session featuring Director Maxwell, who will also be in attendance.

The event is a benefit for GO ART! Tickets are $20 for GO ART! members and $25 for non-members. They are available at GO ART!, 201 East Main Street, Batavia, online at or at GCC’s Box Office. For more information on the event or to reserve your ticket, please contact GO ART! at 585-343-9313, or contact GCC’s Box Office at 585-345-6814. For more information on the film Copperhead and to view the official trailer, visit

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