Streight's Raid | Cullman County Museum

Selected for the 2013 River City Film Festival, Decatur, Alabama.

Working with the Cullman County MuseumBilby Films, local historians, property owners, and mule riders, Kelton Design wrote, filmed, directed, and produced a short-form documentary about an 1863 mounted Union infantry raid through North Alabama. The campaign was conducted by Union colonel Abel D. Streight from April 19 to May 3, 1863, with a mission to destroy portions of the railroad connecting Atlanta to Chattanooga. His army was led by Alabama Unionists who had joined the Union Cavalry. They were selected because of their intimate knowledge of the terrain and people. Most historians consider Streight's Raid to be the opening move in the Chattanooga and Chickamauga Campaign. However, the raid's principal significance lies in the legends that grew up around Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest's capture of Streight and his men.

Filmed on historic locations, including Crooked Creek, a Streight's Raid battle site in Cullman County, Alabama, as well as Mooresville and Selma, Alabama, and Franklin, Tennessee.

DVDs of Streight's Raid can be purchased from the Cullman County Museum, Cullman, Alabama.