Shepherdstown Battlefield Benefit Dinner and Book Signing!
- A $50 a plate dinner and book signing celebrating the publication of
Shepherdstown: Last Clash of the Antietam Campaign - September 19-20,
1862 is being sponsored by the Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation
Association Inc. (SBPA). The event will be held at the Clarion Hotel
in Shepherdstown on December 13, 2007. The book signing will begin at
6:30PM followed by dinner and presentations by the author, Historian
Thomas McGrath and by Dr. Thomas Clemens, Historian, President of
Save Historic Antietam Foundation, Inc, and Chairman the History
Committee on the Board of Directors of SBPA. More details are
available at SBPA's website: www.battleofshepherdstown.org
Please be sure to book your dinner tickets by December 11th, paying
either through the website using Paypal or by check. Thank you.
About the book:
The first full length account of the 1862 Civil War Battle of
Shepherdstown has been published by Schroeder Publications of
"Long overlooked by historians and visitors, the events that took
place at Boteler's Ford on September 19 and 20, 1862 were critical to
the outcome of the Maryland Campaign. This study, for the first time
examines in detail the fighting along the Potomac, and places it into
the context of the campaign. Long overdue for a detailed study, the
events, both heroic and tragic, show that a real battle took place at
Shepherdstown. In fact, in terms of troops engaged and the number of
killed and wounded, it was the largest battle in what is now the
state of West Virginia."
-Dr. Thomas G. Clemens, President, Save Historic Antietam
"The book has more than 80 related photos, illustrations and maps. It
is a fine tribute to the soldiers both North and South that tramped
and fought at Shepherdstown, taking the reader back to the days where
combatants struggled on the banks and bluffs of the Potomac."
-Patrick A. Schroeder, Publisher
The account of the battle was written by Thomas A. McGrath, a
historian from New York State who teaches at North Country College.
McGrath became interested in the battle after learning of it while
camping along the C&O Canal in the early 1990's. The book took almost
ten years of research and writing. McGrath's other published work is:
Maryland September: True Stories from the Antietam Campaign, (Thomas
Publications, 1997). McGrath is on the Board of Trustees of the
Ticonderoga Historical Society and serves as the Society's
historian/interpreter. He lives in Putnam Station, NY with his wife
SBPA was established in 2004 to save and preserve what is left of the
site of the 1862 Battle of Shepherdstown. The battle took place on
approximately 600 acres from the Potomac River to about 1 ½ miles
south. Approximately half the site has been developed. The remainder
of the site is relatively pristine and is not much different than it
was in 1862. Members of SBPA have already saved, through conservation
easements, 84 acres of the battlefield site.