I have always loved learning about history and visiting historical places. Through film, it is about as close as most people can ever get to actually traveling back in time to visit events and people from our past.  My keen interest in history, especially American women’s history, led me to write “Prairie Rose”.  Film enables one to lead an audience on an historical journey that may enlighten and inspire the audience to appreciate events of the past more and maybe even inspire them to learn more about a particular time period or historical individual.

In “Prairie Rose”, I wanted to tell a story about the Civil war that would not focus on the great generals and battles, but rather on women of the period who also wanted to help out the war effort by doing more than just working at home taking care of their farms and families, but by becoming nurses and spies, often in the face of great peril and discrimination.  Courageous Civil War women who spied for the Confederacy such as Bell Boyd and Rose O’Neal Greenhow, and nurses like Kate Cumming of the Confederacy,  Louisa May Alcott and Clara Barton of the United States Women’s Nursing Corps inspired me to write and produce my film, “Prairie Rose”.

Therefore in 2003, I sat down and began to create a story that could describe some of the extraordinary accomplishments by these extraordinary women.  Though characters in the film themselves were created for the story, they are based on real people and places such as the Civil War women mention and the mothers and daughters left behind by husbands, sons and brothers going off to fight in battles such as Shiloh.  

It was also about this time that I became aware of a Civil War prisoner of war camp located in Chicago known as Camp Douglas.  I also learned that there were some 6000 Confederate POWs would come to loose their lives there before the war’s end.  They are all still buried in a cemetery on the cities south side.  I knew I wanted to include this information in my film in order to create more awareness about the camp and what happened there.

I tried to tell the story in a manner that would be viewable to as wide an audience as possible in the hopes that school aged children may be inspired to learn more about history.  Should one or two become interested enough to seek out and study more about our nations history, I feel that “Prairie Rose” will have been a very worth while undertaking.

Thank You and I do hope you enjoy the film.

Best Regards,
Rebecca Sutera Tulloch
Film Maker
Director, Producer, and Writer
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