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Cannon Firing demonstrations at South Mountain State Battlefield
Cannon Firing demonstrations at South Mountain State Battlefield, May 19-20 "Thunder on the Mountain"
Boonsboro, MD - South Mountain State Battlefield is hosting "Thunder on the Mountain" at Washington Monument State Park May 19-20, 2012.
"Thunder on the Mountain" will feature Battlefield staff and volunteers portraying a Union artillery detachment during the 1862 Battle of South Mountain. The program will be highlighted by demonstrations of the loading and firing of a 12-pound Napoleon cannon, as well as discussions about the significance of artillery in the battle. Times for the Artillery demonstrations are 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday.
The Battle of South Mountain, fought 150 years ago (September 14, 1862), was the pivotal moment during the 1862 Maryland Campaign. The Union victory here effectively ended Confederate General Robert E. Lee's first invasion of the North, and set the stage for the Battle of Antietam, fought three days later.
Disabled access is available; however, the event activities are situated on grassy areas that may present difficult rolls or walks. Please dress for inclement weather or hot sunny days.
South Mountain State Battlefield was created in 2001 and is Maryland's first State Battlefield. In 2011 the battlefield was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2012 South Mountain State Battlefield is partnering with Civil War sites throughout Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia in commemorating the sesquicentennial of the 1862 Maryland Campaign.
Thunder on the Mountain will be located at Washington Monument State Park, located one mile north of alternate Route 40 on the top of South Mountain. For more information about the event or other South Mountain State Battlefield activities, please call 301-432-8065.
The South Mountain Recreation Area, which includes the South Mountain State Battlefield, is a member of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. See: www.marylandmemories.com.
For more information, and to view an online South Mountain Recreation Area "Adventure Guide," see: http://media.dhweb.com/cvb/smra.
Washington County has five national parks, eight state parks, over 30 museums, a renowned professional symphony orchestra, a professional minor league baseball team, and the county has been ranked first in the State of Maryland in the Retail Opportunity Index. The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization whose mission is to help attract visitors to Hagerstown and Washington County. The CVB helps to create vibrant growth for the local economy by promoting, developing, and expanding the local visitor industry. The CVB is a sponsor of Park Quest 2012, which includes Greenbrier State Park, Gathland State Park, the Western Maryland Rail Trail, and Fort Frederick State Park. For more information, see: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/parkquest/index.asp. Washington County is part of the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area (www.heartofthecivilwar.org), and the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area (http://hallowedground.org). Washington County is also part of the Quad-State Tourism Coalition, a four-state tourism group along I-81. For more information, see: www.quadstate81.com.
For information about events happening during Washington County's 150th Anniversary of the Battles of South Mountain and Antietam, visit the CVB's web site. For a direct link of Sesquicentennial see: http://go.dhweb.com/cvb/Civil-War-Events-MD-2012.pdf. Also see: http://www.marylandcampaign150.org.
This information was provided by the Hagerstown/Washington County Convention and Visitor's Bureau - www.marylandmemories.com