The documentary film “Maryland’s Heart of the Civil War” received an Emmy Award from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences earlier this summer. The film, which debuted last summer and has been broadcast on public television stations across the United States, features lush landscapes and compelling, real-life stories behind Maryland’s Civil War battlefields, military headquarters, museums and scenic byways.
Funded by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) and the National Scenic Byways Program, the “Heart of the Civil War” documentary shares its name and its focus with the Maryland heritage area serving Frederick, Washington, and Carroll counties. The MHAA program, which supplies funding and technical assistance to the state’s 12 heritage areas, is administered by the Maryland Historical Trust, an agency of the Maryland Department of Planning.
“Heart of the Civil War” tells the story of the war in Maryland, starting with Washington County native John Brown, the abolitionist who set the stage for war by seizing the U.S. arsenal at Harper’s Ferry. It moves through the three campaigns of 1862, 1863 and 1864 in central and western Maryland, with a focus on how those battles impacted the area. Throughout, the film explores Maryland’s role as a border state, with loyalties resting on both sides.
This is the second Civil War film funded by the MHAA to win an Emmy, following the Montgomery County Heritage Area’s film, “Life in a War Zone,” whose producer, Barbara Grunbaum, won in 2012. Both films won in the Historical Documentary category.
“Heart of the Civil War” was awarded a $47,000 MHAA project grant in 2012. The film was produced by the Tourism Council of Frederick County in partnership with Maryland Public Television (MPT).