In the afternoon of June 18, 1864, 864 men – members of the 1st Maine Heavy Artillery Regiment – were ordered to charge against an entrenched position in Petersburg, Virginia.
They obeyed.
In 10 minutes, 632 of them were dead or wounded.
“Forlorn Hope” is the story of that charge.
The Alamo Theatre is appropriate for the world premiere because five of the casualties of the charge are memorialized in their home town cemetery, just down the street from you, in Bucksport.
The regiment began the War as the 18th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment, but were changed to Heavy Artillery and guarded Washington for the first 18 months of their service. Pressed to resume as infantry, the regiment was bloodied as the guard of a supply wagon train at Spotsylvania before arriving at Petersburg.
The help they were supposed to receive in making the charge declined to join the fight, knowing that it was, essentially, a suicide mission, a forlorn hope.
General George Meade resolved afterwards that never again in the War would he order a full frontal attack on an entrenched position.
It was the greatest loss of a single regiment in any battle of the Civil War.

June 18, 2018 - 2:00pm