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Battle video shown

By Staff | Mar 18, 2011

The premiere of Virginia PBS’s series episode, “Road Trip to History: Battle of Shepherdstown,” a documentary that chronicles the events that impacted Shepherdstown on Sept. 20, 1862, was hosted by the Shepherdstown Men’s Club on Wednesday evening.

At the event held March 16 at the War Memorial Building, guests were privy to the first public showing of “Road Trip to History” episode.

Ed Dunlevey, president of the Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association, appeared at the beginning and end of the episode to introduce and recap the story.

According to Dunlevey, Wayne Bronson, who produces other historical documentaries for PBS through the local company Oak Tree Productions, contacted him be a part of the project last March.

Dunlevey said that Bronson previously produced an episode of the PBS series on Shepherdstown and was asked by the Harrisonburg station WVPT to produce a story about the Shepherdstown battle.

According to Bronson, each half-hour episode of the series usually features stories told by local historians, teachers or storytellers.

He said the Battle of Shepherdstown episode is “told from people who live or work in and around Shepherdstown.”

The episode features Civil War historian and SBPA Board member Tom Clemens and Tom McGrath, who authored the book “Shepherdstown: Last Clash of the Antietam Campaign September 19-20, 1862,” which gives a full-length account of the Battle of Shepherdstown.

Bronson said the episode also features a narration of excerpts from the essay “A Woman’s Recollections of Antietam” by Mary Bedinger Mitchell, recounting her experience as an young girl nursing wounded soldiers during the Shepherdstown battle, as read by local resident Sara Smith.

Footage for the film was shot on location on Sept. 20 of last year, the actual date of the battle.

“I wanted viewers to see what the soldiers saw that day,” Bronson said.

The broadcast premiere of the episode is scheduled for April 14 on WVPT, following a Ken Burns documentary on the Civil War.

DVDs of the program are available for purchase at $15 per copy and are available in the “SBPA Store” at www.battleofshepherdstown.org/.

More information about the “Road Trip to History” series can be found at www.roadtriptohistory. com.