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British TV crew pursues emigrants to Antietam battlefield

September 21, 2010

A TV crew from The Travel Channel United Kingdom filmed at Antietam National Battlefield on Thursday Sept. 9, and Friday, Sept. 10, as part of a travelogue about the Civil War.

Antietam National Battlefield -- the only travelogue site in Washington County -- was one of at least nine historic sites the crew visited through Sept. 11, according to an itinerary provided to The Herald-Mail by the Maryland Office of Tourism.

Public relations and promotions manager Camila Clark said the state tourism office helped coordinate the trip.

The Battle of Antietam is regarded as the bloodiest single day of battle in American history, with 23,000 soldiers killed, wounded or missing after 12 hours of fighting on Sept. 17, 1862. The battle ended the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia's first invasion into the north.

Dunker Church, Bloody Lane and Burnside Bridge were among the sites the crew toured at Antietam National Battlefield, said John Howard, park superintendent.

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Howard said the foreigners were interested in the role of British emigrants in the American Civil War.

"A lot of the people who emigrated were part of British families," Howard said. "They must have seen this as an extension of their families."

Howard said during the summer, a large number of the park's visitors are from Europe. He said that a Scottish TV crew had filmed at the Antietam earlier this month for a separate project.

Antietam issues 30 to 40 film permits a year to networks such as the History Channel, A&E TV and the Discovery Channel. Howard said the park is anticipating an increase in permit requests as the 150th anniversary of the Civil War approaches.

--Tiffany Arnold

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