Shepherd Civil War Center to host Antietam Battlefield presentation

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Shepherd University will host Kevin Pawlak, author of “Antietam National Battlefield.”

Shepherd University’s George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War will host a presentation by alumnus Kevin Pawlak on his new book, “Antietam National Battlefield.”

The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 6 p.m. in the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education auditorium at Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Books will be available for signing and sale.

Pawlak is a historic site manager for the Prince William County (Va.) Historic Preservation Division and serves as a certified battlefield guide at and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.

He previously worked at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and serves on the board of directors for the Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association, the Save Historic Antietam Foundation, and the Friends of the Ball’s Bluff, and is a regular contributor to the Emerging Civil War blog.

Pawlak is currently working on a study of George B. McClellan and the Army of the Potomac in the Maryland Campaign.

Fought just across the Potomac River from Shepherdstown in Maryland, the Battle of Antietam was the first field army–level engagement in the Eastern Theater of the American Civil War waged on Union soil. It was the bloodiest day in U.S. history. More than 22,717 were dead, wounded, or missing.

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