Society to show Civil War film

A movie about the Battle of New Market is the feature presentation at the New Market Historical Society’s annual dinner this month.

“Field of Lost Shoes,” which was released in select movie theaters last September and at the battle’s sesquicentennial last May, will be shown on Jan. 22 following a dinner buffet catered by the Johnny Appleseed Restaurant.

The buffet, held in the banquet room of the New Market Quality Inn starting at 6:30 p.m., includes barbecue sirloin tips, braised pork chops, green beans, whipped potatoes, cole slaw, biscuits, apple fritters and desserts.

The cost for the dinner is $15 for members of the historical society and $20 for non-members.

“Field of Lost Shoes” tells the story of the teenage cadets at the Virginia Military Institute, who marched 80 miles from Lexington to fight in the Battle of New Market in May 1864.

Caroll Douglas, publicity volunteer for the historical society, said the movie holds even greater significance because of the proximity of the events that unfolded.

“We always have an annual dinner in January as part of the historical society,” she said. “So we thought, this movie just came out and a lot of people haven’t had the chance to watch it on the big screen.”

The last day to register for the event is Jan. 18.

For more information and to make a reservation, contact Douglas at 540-740-2740.

“Field of Lost Shoes” is rated PG-13 and is 96 minutes long.

Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or

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