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South Mountain State Battlefield Announces Programs, Events Surrounding 145th Anniversary

South Mountain State Battlefield Announces Programs, Events Surrounding 145th Anniversary

(South Mountain, MD)- The staff of the South Mountain State Battlefield proudly presents the list of events for the upcoming 145th Anniversary of the Battle of South Mountain on September 14.
This year the staff will be presenting a series of tours called "In The Footsteps Of Soldiers." Each tour will focus on a particular regiment or Brigade and put the visitor on the battlefield in the positions occupied by those troops. This will include approaches to the battlefield, the land they occupied during the battle, and even where they went afterwards.
The first tour, led by local historian and author, Steve Stotelmyer, was presented Saturday, August 25. His tour focused on the morning portion of the battle south of Fox's Gap and will take people onto ground not normally accessible to the public. More tour locations and times are listed below;
Saturday, September 8, 1pm: "Death of a Brigade" the afternoon battle of Fox's Gap and the destruction of Thomas Drayton's Brigade. Meet at the parking lot at Fox's Gap
Sunday, September 9, 1pm: "The I Corps Attack on South Mountain." Meet at Washington Monument State Park at the upper parking lot to drive to the field from there.
Friday, September 14, 7pm: "The Battle Along The National Road" follows in the steps of John Gibbons westerners who later became known as "The Iron Brigade" as they attack along the National Road. Meet at the South Mountain Inn parking lot in Turner's Gap along Alt. Rt. 40.
The Battle of South Mountain was the first major battle of the Civil War to take place in Maryland. Fought on September 14, 1862, it happened three days before the more well known Battle of Antietam fought on September 17. There were over 6,000 casualties in the one day battle that becomes a pivotal point in the Maryland Campaign. The Battle of South Mountain set the stage for the Battle of Antietam three days later. "Without South Mountain, there would not have been a Battle of Antietam," said Manager of the South Mountain State Battlefield Al Preston.
During the September 8th and 9th weekend, there are several South Mountain Battlefield programs and tours scheduled, in conjunction with Boonesborough Days and the 145th Anniversary Reenactment, called September Storm. "This is a big weekend for Washington County," said Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau President Tom Riford. "The events happening in Boonsboro and South Mountain will attract over 10,000 people during the weekend. The number of reenactors alone total over 2,500 people. Our hats are off to the staff and management of South Mountain Battlefield, who are helping bring the entire historical perspective of the weekend together."

South Mountain State Battlefield
Washington Monument State Park
Battle Anniversary Programs
September 8 & 9, 2007
Saturday, September 8
8am: Park Opens
9am: Museum Opens, Cannon Demonstration at Reenactment Site
10am: nWalking Tour to Monument at the Washington Monument St. Park
11am: Battle Overview talk at the museum
12pm: Civil War Medical Museum presentation at the museum
1pm: Civil War Artillery Demonstration on the field in front of museum
2pm: Battle Overview talk at the museum
3pm: Walking Tour to Monument at the Washington Monument St. Park
4pm: Programs end for the day
5pm: Museum Closes
Sunday, September 9
8am: Park Opens
9am: Museum Opens
10am: Walking Tour to Monument at the Washington Monument St. Park
11am: Civil War Artillery Demonstration on the Field in front of museum
12pm: Battle Overview talk at the museum
1pm: Civil War Artillery Demonstration at the field in front of museum
2pm: Walking Tour to Monument at the Washington Monument St. Park
3pm: Programs end for the day
5pm: Museum closes

For additional information or directions, please call the battlefield office at 301-432-8065. FREE trolley rides are being sponsored by the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau from Shafer Park in Boonsboro, to South Mountain (at the Washington Monument State Park).
During the 36th Boonesborough Days, the Boonsboro Historical Society will feature more than 150 early American arts, crafts, antiques and food vendors. Rain or shine, Boonesborough Days will be held September 8 and 9, from 9am to 5pm in Boonsboro's Shafer Park. Proceeds from Boonesborough Days are the Society's main source for maintaining the Bowman House and providing donations throughout the community.
During both days there will be free trolley rides to Washington Monument State Park, courtesy of the Hagerstown-Washington County CVB. Local artists, working in various media, will showcase their talents in area landscapes, caricatures, architecture, still life, and other art works. Antique vendors will have a variety of quality collectibles, rare books, postcards, vintage linens, glassware and other memorabilia. Activities for children over both days include pony rides and the attractions at Shafer Park's playground.
South Mountain State Battlefield is a member of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. South Mountain State Battlefield was Maryland's FIRST Battlefield State Park.
For more information about Boonesborough Days or September Storm, see: www.marylandmemories.com. An online brochure about the Boonesborough Days events is here, which includes information about events at the South Mountain State Battlefield: http://www.marylandmemories.org/boonsborodays. The online brochure about September Storm is here: www.marylandmemories.org/banners/SeptStorm.pdf. September Storm is a ticketed event, for more information and to order tickets call: 301-791-3246.

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