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Call to War follows two Kentuckians through Civil War

For Release: 2008-03-10 10:55:00

Call to War, a new documentary hosted by Winchester native Matt Long (Jack and Bobby, Ghost Rider), explores the true story of two young Kentuckians, William Horsfall and Asa Lewis, during the Civil War. The program premieres Monday, March 17 at 10:30/9:30 p.m. CT on KET1.

Horsfall left his Newport home at the age of 14 and eventually became the drummer boy for a Union Army regiment. In the Army, Horsfall’s duty was to learn and perform musical military calls, telling soldiers it was time to eat or how to march. In battle, however, Horsfall proved to be a much greater asset to the regiment, as he went on to become the youngest Congressional Medal of Honor winner in history.

A different fate awaited another Kentucky teen, Asa Lewis from Barren County. Upon joining the Confederate Army, Lewis received no training, but was simply handed a rifle and told he was a soldier. After a year of outstanding service with the Confederate troops, Lewis went home without permission to help feed his starving family. Though he returned to the army on his own, he was court-martialed for desertion and executed.

Through archival photos, reenactments and the testimony of local historians, Call to War follows the stories of Horsfall and Lewis from the time of their enlistments, through the bloody Battle of Shiloh and finally to Lewis’s execution and Horsfall’s life beyond the war.

This film is supported by the KET Fund for Independent Production (KFIP). KFIP has been awarding grants to Kentucky-based film and video makers since 1990. More information about KFIP can be found at

Call to War is produced by Dorian Walker. More information about KET programming and education services, as well as how to support KET, can be found at

Contact: Amanda Stroud



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