The Road to Valhalla
The Road to Valhalla is the third full length documentary released by Lone Chimney Films, Inc. It tells the story of the Kansas-Missouri Border War, Kansas’ role in it, and the contributions made to restore the region and the nation. When the Civil War erupted in 1861, it was a shock to many Americans. It was not a shock to the people of the Kansas-Missouri border. They had been at war since 1854, fighting whether or not Kansas would be a free state or a slave state. Kansas entered the Union in January of 1861 as a free state at the same time that southern states were seceding from the Union. Over the next four years, the border war would escalate until it became difficult to tell friend from foe and many had even forgotten the source of the disagreement. The conflict would end, the Union would be restored and amazingly former enemies would become neighbors again. Called the Soldier’s State, soldiers especially from the Upper Midwest came in large numbers to settle in Kansas and start many of our communities. As they ebbed away from this earth, they hoped to meet again one day in Valhalla.
Bloody Dawn: The Lawrence Massacre
Friday, August 21, 1863, dawned clear and bright in the sleepy abolitionist town of Lawrence, KS. Its citizens awoke that morning unaware that the feared Missouri raider William Quantrill and more than 400 of his followers were bearing down on them intent on retribution, bloodshed and destruction. A few hours later, nearly 200 men and boys lay dead, buildings, homes and human remains smoldered, and raiders raced for the safety of the Missouri border. It was the worst act of terrorism committed against civilians during the American Civil War. Survivors would rebuild and later recount their tales. Here is their story.
TOuched by Fire: Bleeding KAnsas
From 1854 to 1861, the eyes of the nation were on Kansas Territory. Two sides emerged, intent on extending or eliminating the spread of slavery. Amidst this historical backdrop, passionate individuals like John Brown would arise as the voice of a new land. Before Kansas gained statehood in 1861, hundreds would die-the outcome defining a state and a nation.