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145th Anniversary of Battles of South Mountain and Antietam

145th Anniversary of Battles of South Mountain and Antietam

(Hagerstown, MD)- Tickets for the "September Storm" reenactment, commemorating the 145th anniversaries of the Battles of South Mountain and Antietam, are now available from the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). The event is scheduled for September 8 and 9 at the Boonsboro Town Farm on Monroe Road. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Downtown Hagerstown Visitor Welcome Center or online at www.marylandmemories.com with Visa or Mastercard.
Tickets for September Storm are available as a one day or two day pass. Adult tickets are $10 for one day or $18 for two days. Tickets for children, ages 5-17, are $5 for one day or $8 for two days. Children under 5 are admitted free of charge. There are only a limited number of tickets available for each day and they must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the event. "Only 500 total tickets are being sold for each day," said organizer Chris Anders of the Western Maryland Heritage Foundation.
"September Storm: The War Comes To Maryland" will recreate portions of the battles of South Mountain and Antietam. Thousands of reenactors are expected to participate in the weekend-long event, sponsored by CVB. In addition to the "September Storm" reenactment, commemorative events are also planned at neighboring South Mountain State Battlefield and Antietam National Battlefield.
The Western Maryland Heritage Foundation is working with the Town of Boonsboro, the CVB, South Mountain State Battlefield and Antietam National Battlefield to plan historically accurate yet safe battlefield depictions that will serve to educate the public while honoring the veterans who served so bravely during that tumultuous time in our Nation's past. The CVB is a major financial sponsor of this planned event, which was previewed in an article by the Associated Press: "this summer's 145th anniversary re-enactment of the Battle of Antietam will be America's biggest Civil War tourism event of the year."
"Remembering our history and heritage is important, and the CVB is very pleased to be involved in the planning and financial support of this 145th Anniversary event. We think that the anniversary reenactments will not only be successful, but will achieve positive awareness of the Maryland Civil War Campaign of 1862," said Tom Riford, President of the Convention and Visitors Bureau. "South Mountain Battlefield State Park was Maryland's FIRST battlefield state park, and includes several national historic monuments and markers. Antietam is known as the 'bloodiest single day in American history,' and is known as America's most pristine battlefield park."
By commemorating both Battle of South Mountain and the more famous Battle of Antietam, the event will show a broader view of Maryland's role in the American Civil War. "For years, the significance of the Battle of South Mountain has been overshadowed by the larger and more well-known Battle of Antietam, but more and more people are starting to recognize that this battle was the turning point of the Maryland Campaign." Said Al Preston, Assistant Manager of the South Mountain State Battlefield. There is a new awareness for the Battles of South Mountain (fought Sept. 14, 1862), and Antietam (September 17, 1862) as the real "High Tide of the Confederacy."
A recent History Channel documentary about the Battle of Antietam outlined the Maryland Campaign of 1862 as the Confederates' first invasion of the North. This move onto Northern soil resulted in the Battle of South Mountain, fought September 14, 1862, and culminated in the Battle of Antietam, three days later on September 17, 1862. Over 29,000 Americans fell as casualties of these actions and the Confederate troops retreated back onto Southern soil. The American Civil War continued for several more years until Lee's surrender at Appomattox Courthouse in 1865. However, because of the Battle of Antietam, President Lincoln released the Emancipation Proclamation, which forever tied the war to the effort to end slavery.
Antietam National Battlefield and South Mountain Battlefield State Park are among the very top historical attractions in the State of Maryland. Hundreds of thousands of visitors explore and learn about the Civil War in Washington County, Maryland. "These sites are important historically, and also economically. We anticipate a new interest in exploring Civil War battlefields because of this anniversary, and the upcoming 150th anniversary of John Brown's Raid in 2009 and the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in 2011," Tom Riford said. "If you're interested in Civil War history, this September 8th and 9th reenactment is a 'must see.' Tickets are going fast, and the event is anticipated to sell out."
"September Storm - The War Comes To Maryland" is completely a volunteer effort. All proceeds will benefit preservation and interpretation of the South Mountain State Battlefield. The Friends of South Mountain Battlefield are assisting with the reenactment, and receive much of the proceeds from ticket sales. WMHF has hosted many events in the past, including the summer of '62 Reenactment last year, and the 140th Anniversary Reenactment of Monocacy in 2004.
September Storm Events (see: www.wmhf.org/septstorm):
(BOLD)Saturday, September 8, 2007
9am- Event Opens to Public
9am- "The Common Soldier of 1862" - Activities Tent
11am "Path of Blood", 33rd NY Talk - Activities Tent
1pm- Ambulance Demonstration - Battlefield
2pm- Battle of Fox's Gap- South Mountain Scenario
5pm- Event Closes to Spectators
(BOLD)Sunday, September 9, 2007
9am- Event Opens to Public
9am- Church Service - Battlefield
10am "Life on the Home front" Civilian Seminar - Activities Tent
Noon Sedgewick's Attack- Antietam Scenario
2pm- Event ends

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