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Civil War Anniversary events in Washington County and in Maryland

Civil War Anniversary events in Washington County and in Maryland

September 2011 at Antietam National Battlefield
Saturday, 3rd and Sunday, 4th Before the Storm-Step back into the town of Sharpsburg in the days before the bloodiest single day battle in U.S. history. Visit with townspeople having a final supper amidst the artillery booming from the nearby Battle of South Mountain. Attend the last pre-battle service in the Dunker Church. Help citizens decide what to take as they flee their homes and aid the Confederate command in strategically placing their troops. Living history interpretive programs will be held throughout the weekend at various locations on the battlefield Saturday at 11AM, 1PM, and 3PM and Sunday at 11AM and 1PM with ongoing interpretation throughout the weekend.
Friday, 9th, Live and Learn Experience, Washington Monument State Park, Fort Necessity Pavilion at 12PM - Join the staff of South Mountain State Battlefield as we kick off the 149th Anniversary of the Battle of South Mountain, presenting "Life as a Civil War Soldier." Participants will be shown what a soldier would have worn, eaten, and carried on a daily basis. What did their toothbrushes look like? How did they cook? Come and find out! All ages are welcome. For more information, please call the South Mountain State Battlefield 301-432-8065. Entrance Fee $2/$3 per vehicle.
Saturday, 10th and Sunday, 11th, Communications and Overlooks, Washington Monument State Park - Starting at 10AM- Park visitors will get a chance to talk to living historians as we kick off our celebration of the anniversary of the Battle of South Mountain with a living history encampment. Visitors will learn about the role of Washington Monument during the Civil War with talks and demonstrations throughout the weekend, including signal corps demonstrations. For more information, please call the South Mountain State Battlefield 301-432-8065. Entrance Fee $2/$3 per vehicle.
Wednesday, 14th, The 149th Anniversary of the Battle of South Mountain - Join the staff of South Mountain State Battlefield as we conduct real time walking tours of Fox's Gap and Crampton's Gap. The Fox's Gap tour will begin at 10AM at the South Mountain Inn parking lot. The Crampton's Gap tour will begin at 3PM at Gathland State Park. Participants will have the opportunity to follow in the exact footsteps of the soldiers as they fought the Battle of South Mountain. All participants should bring bug spray and plenty of water. For more information, please call the South Mountain State Battlefield 301-432-8065. Free admission.
Friday, 16th-Sunday, 18th, 149th Battle Anniversary Weekend at Antietam-A full schedule including special battlefield hikes, two concerts by the Wildcat Band on Saturday, National Park Service Regional Archaeologist Stephen Potter will present a program "The Archaeology of America's Bloodiest Day", and living history artillery and infantry firing demonstrations throughout the weekend. Artillery Demos: They will be at 11AM, 1PM, & 3PM on Saturday and 11AM and 1PM on Sunday at NY Monument. Infantry firing demonstrations will be behind the visitor center at 11:30AM, 12:30PM, and 2:30PM on Saturday and 11:30AM and 2PM on Sunday. There will be four infantry groups who will present non-firing programs in various locations on the battlefield throughout the weekend.
Saturday, 17th and Sunday, 18th, Battle Anniversary Weekend at Antietam-Living History at the Pry House Field Hospital Museum 11AM- 5PM Pry House Field Hospital Museum, Keedysville, MD (Antietam National Battlefield)-Various presentations on aspects of Civil War medicine and the home front, including a portrayal of a Union field hospital. Experience a depiction of the camp life of soldiers, and local civilians. For more information, call 301-416-2395 or www.civilwarmed.org.
Sunday, 18th, Book signing with Presentation, 2PM"Antietam Veterans in Their Own Words" Tom Clemens will sign his book "The Maryland Campaign Vol. 1: South Mountain" His presentation will include selected correspondence from the letters to the Antietam Battlefield Board and focus on some of the more interesting and obscure letters received by the Board; visitor center theater.
Saturday, 24th, National Public Lands Day- National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy. Volunteers will work hand-in-hand with park rangers on various projects. Please meet at the visitor center at 8AM. For more information contact Park Ranger Debbie Cohen at Debbie Cohen@nps.gov or 301-432-2243.
Saturday, 24th, Union Artillery at Antietam-Living History Volunteers portraying Battery B, 4th U.S. Artillery, will take to the field for demonstrations of loading and firing the cannons. 11AM & 1PM
Saturday, 24th, 2PM, Monument Walk, Join the ranger for a discussion of the preservation and monumentation of the Antietam National Battlefield.
Sunday, 25th, Confederate Artillery at Antietam-Living history volunteers portraying Parker's Battery, will take to the field to demonstrate loading and firing cannons. 11AM & 1PM
In October
Saturday, 1st and Sunday, 2nd, The 20th New York Infantry at Antietam- Living history volunteers will recreate the life of a Civil War soldier, how he lived, marched, and fought. Weapons and tactics demonstrations will be held, with ongoing interpretation in the camp throughout the weekend. Saturday at 11AM, 1PM, and 3PM; Sunday at 11AM and 1PM
Saturday, 8th and Sunday 9th, The 8th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Co. B, The Hibernian Guard Weekend and Aftermath of Battle Programs-Living history volunteers will portray the 8th Ohio Infantry recreating the life of a Civil War soldier, how he lived, marched and fought. Weapons and tactics demonstrations will be held both Saturday and Sunday. Living History programs will also be presented on the aftermath of the Battle of Antietam throughout the weekend: Step back into the battle-torn landscape of Sharpsburg in the days after the fateful Battle of Antietam. Watch photographers and war correspondents document the aftermath. Talk with soldiers given the gruesome task of burying the dead. Visit field hospitals and aid stations and discover the daunting task of caring for thousands of wounded. Learn the stories of the U.S. Christian Commission as they care for soldiers, body and soul. Discover the massive toll the battle took on the landscape and the families who called this place home. Find out the fates of citizens returning to their farms and help rebuild fences. 8th Ohio: Saturday at 11AM,1PM, and 3PM; Sunday at 11AM and 1PM Aftermath Programs: Saturday at 11:30AM, 12:30PM, and 2:30PM and Sunday at 11:30AM and 2PM with ongoing interpretation throughout the weekend.
Saturday, 15th and Sunday 16th, The 6th Wisconsin Infantry (Iron Brigade) at Antietam - Living history volunteers will recreate the life of a Civil War soldier, how he lived, marched, and fought. Weapons and tactics demonstrations will be held, with ongoing interpretation in the camp throughout the weekend. Saturday at 11AM, 1PM, and 3PM; Sunday at 11AM and 1PM
Saturday, 22nd, and Sunday, 23rd, Children's Experience Weekend Saturday and Sunday, 11AM to 4:30PM Pry House Field Hospital Museum, Keedysville, MD (Antietam National Battlefield) Enjoy a kids-day-out at the Pry House Field Hospital Museum with hands-on activities and programs focused on how children lived during the mid-eighteenth century. Staff and children dressed in period attire will lead games and a craft. For more information, call 301-416-2395 or visit us online at www.civilwarmed.org
Saturday, 29th, Union Artillery at Antietam-Living History Volunteers portraying Battery B, 4th U.S. Artillery, will take to the field for demonstrations of loading and firing the cannons. 11AM & 1PM Sunday, 30th, Confederate Artillery at Antietam-Living history volunteers portraying Parker's Battery, will take to the field to demonstrate loading and firing cannons.
In November
Pry House Field Hospital Museum open weekends only from 11AM-5PM
In December
Saturday, 3rd, Annual Memorial Illumination-Volunteers place over 23,000 candles on the battlefield, each representing a casualty from the bloodiest single-day battle in American history. Driving tour begins at 6PM on Rt. 34 east of Sharpsburg. In the event of high winds or heavy rain, this event will be rescheduled to December 10th. Note: The visitor center will be open from 8:30AM through 3PM and several of the park roads will be closed after 3PM
Saturday, 3rd, Annual Memorial Illumination Day 11AM-5PM Pry House Field Hospital Museum, Keedysville, MD (Antietam National Battlefield) Living history, barn and house exhibits conducted before the illumination. House closes at 5PM. For more information, call 301-416-2395 or www.civilwarmed.org.

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