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MPT to broadcast 'The Heart of the Civil War'

August 19, 2012

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Maryland Public Television will broadcast the television premiere of “The Heart of the Civil War” at 8 p.m. Sept. 11.

“The Heart of the Civil War,” an hour-long MPT documentary film, showcases the towns, battlefields and sites of the U.S. Civil War in Washington County and central Maryland.

“The Heart of the Civil War” tells stories from some of the most fought-over U.S. territory during the Civil War, according to an emailed release.

During the war, Confederate and Union forces clashed for control of strategic points throughout three counties in west-central Maryland, as the war marched north to south from the Confederacy to the union, and back again, the release says.

“The Heart of the Civil War” recounts the war’s far-reaching impact on the lives of ordinary but battle-weary Marylanders caught up in now-famous local battles, according to the release.

Frederick, Washington and Carroll counties make up Maryland’s Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area, or HCWHA. The area encompasses the sites of three major battles, all of which played leading roles in the state’s Civil War history.

The program highlights the tourism opportunities within the HCWHA, including battlefields, military headquarters, museums, historic sites, scenic byways and the Maryland Civil War Trails program.

 MPT partnered with the Tourism Council of Frederick County, America’s Byways and the National Scenic Byway Program and Maryland Heritage Areas Authority to bring “The Heart of the Civil War” to viewers, the release says.

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