Film Screening and Discussion: The Invalid Corps

Center for AccessibilityCleveland Park Library

Film Screening and Discussion: The Invalid Corps

Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, 1 p.m.

Join the Center for Accessibility in celebrating Veteran’s Day with a film screening of The Invalid Corps followed by a discussion with Executive Producer, Day Al-Mohamed. 

When: Saturday, Nov. 23 at 1 p.m.
Location: Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW


Film Synopsis:

It is July 1864 and Confederate General Jubal Early is at the gates of Washington, D.C. The city is in panic. Almost every able-bodied soldier from the Union has already been sent south with General Grant for the siege of Petersburg. The only defenders remaining are clerks, government officials, and the Invalid Corps.

Created in 1863, the Invalid Corps was made up of men who had been “disabled by wounds or by disease contracted in the line of duty” – men missing limbs, and eyes, those with rheumatism, epilepsy, bullet injuries, those with what we would now call PTSD, and many others. These men, these invalids, were to serve as guards in cities, escort prisoners of war, provide security for railroads and supply depots freeing up able-bodied men to fight at the front. Although a good idea, in practice, they were derided as “hopeless cripples, shirkers, and cowards.” In the office we term them the Infidel Corps and me the Infidel Major.  – Colonel Charles Johnson, 18th Regiment, Invalid Corps. And now these “invalids” are all that stand between General Early’s 15,000 fighting men, and Washington City.

This is the story of men with disabilities, of men with honor, and of men whose place in history shouldn’t be forgotten. We are proud to tell you of the Invalid Corps and the men who served in it.

About the film's Executive Producer:

Day Al-Mohamed is an author of narrative fiction. Her most recent Young Adult novel, “Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn” and her co-edited anthology, “Trust & Treachery” were published by Dark Quest Books in September 2014. In addition to speculative fiction, Al-Mohamed has written several comics and short film scripts. She is an active member of the Cat Vacuuming Society of Northern Virginia Writing Group, of Women in Film and Video, a graduate of the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop, and most recently, a Documentary Fellow with Docs in Progress. Al-Mohamed currently works as a Senior Policy Advisor with the Federal government. Previously, Al-Mohamed worked as a lobbyist and political analyst for more than 15 years on national issues relating to disability. She loves public policy, history and drinks far too much tea.

Add to Calendar 23-11-2019 13:00:00 23-11-2019 14:00:00 Film Screening and Discussion: The Invalid Corps Join the Center for Accessibility in celebrating Veteran’s Day with a film screening of The Invalid Corps followed by a discussion with Executive Producer, Day Al-Mohamed.  When: Saturday, Nov. 23 at 1 p.m. Location: Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW Film Synopsis: It is July 1864 and Confederate General Jubal Early is at the gates of Washington, D.C. The city is in panic. Almost every able-bodied soldier from the Union has already been sent south with General Grant for the siege of Petersburg. The only defenders remaining are clerks, government officials, and the Invalid Corps. Created in 1863, the Invalid Corps was made up of men who had been “disabled by wounds or by disease contracted in the line of duty” – men missing limbs, and eyes, those with rheumatism, epilepsy, bullet injuries, those with what we would now call PTSD, and many others. These men, these invalids, were to serve as guards in cities, escort prisoners of war, provide security for railroads and supply depots freeing up able-bodied men to fight at the front. Although a good idea, in practice, they were derided as “hopeless cripples, shirkers, and cowards.” In the office we term them the Infidel Corps and me the Infidel Major.  – Colonel Charles Johnson, 18th Regiment, Invalid Corps. And now these “invalids” are all that stand between General Early’s 15,000 fighting men, and Washington City. This is the story of men with disabilities, of men with honor, and of men whose place in history shouldn’t be forgotten. We are proud to tell you of the Invalid Corps and the men who served in it. About the film's Executive Producer: Day Al-Mohamed is an author of narrative fiction. Her most recent Young Adult novel, “Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn” and her co-edited anthology, “Trust & Treachery” were published by Dark Quest Books in September 2014. In addition to speculative fiction, Al-Mohamed has written several comics and short film scripts. She is an active member of the Cat Vacuuming Society of Northern Virginia Writing Group, of Women in Film and Video, a graduate of the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop, and most recently, a Documentary Fellow with Docs in Progress. Al-Mohamed currently works as a Senior Policy Advisor with the Federal government. Previously, Al-Mohamed worked as a lobbyist and political analyst for more than 15 years on national issues relating to disability. She loves public policy, history and drinks far too much tea. false DD/MM/YYYY