To visit, in the course of a week this May, three famous Civil War battlefields—Shiloh, Champion's Hill, and Vicksburg—to scout out locations and interviewees for a documentary film on the role of Indiana's 25th regiment—and the role of the filmmaker's great-great grandfather—in these battles and their aftermath. I'm particularly interested how wars reap so much personal and familial tragedy, yet often lead to positive cultural outcomes, such as the emancipation of slavery and the discovery of antibiotics. Nevertheless, the consequences of such tragedies can resonate in a family for years and sometimes generations. Although I've taught creative writing in DePauw University's English Department for more than 12 years, I have always wanted to make a film. This exploratory grant will allow me to assess the feasibility of such a project and to see whether I might apply for a New Directions Initiative full proposal grant next year.