BUCKSPORT — The Maine State Archives, producer Dan Lambert and the Alamo Theatre are co-hosting the premiere showing of “Forlorn Hope,” Lambert’s documentary film recounting the charge of the 1st Maine Heavy Artillery Regiment at Petersburg, Va., on June 18, 1864.
The half-hour documentary will be shown at 2 p.m. at the Alamo, home of Northeast Historic Film, 85 Main St., Bucksport, on the 154th anniversary of the regiment’s charge, Monday, June 18, 2018.
More than 850 soldiers undertook the charge. In fewer than 10 minutes, more than 630 men had fallen, either killed or wounded, and the Confederates would not allow the wounded to be recovered or the dead retrieved.
The makeup of the 1st Maine Heavy Artillery included hundreds of men from the Penobscot River area, extending through Hancock and Penobscot counties.
There is no admission fee for the premiere. A second showing immediately following the first will be held, should the need arise.