Tomorrow and Sunday is the reenactment of the Battle of Antietam over the river from us in Sharpsburg. It is the 150th anniversary of the battle and this is drawing reenactors from all over the country, judging by the large amount of out-of-state license plates showing up here and over in Washington County.
Elly and I are going over to her friend Joan’s at some point to sit in front of her house on Main St. and watch the downtown activities.
Getting from our place to Hagerstown is going to be a mess tomorrow, since many of the main roads will be closed around the Battlefield National Park. Anyone trying to get from Shepherdstown to Hagerstown is advised to go a little out of your way and take Interstate 81.
- Park Service kicks off Antietam anniversary events (miamiherald.com)
- Park Service kicks off Antietam anniversary events (kansascity.com)
- Md. Scouts Sell Tickets For Antietam Re-Enactment (baltimore.cbslocal.com)
- Antietam battle so big, there are 2 re-enactments (ktvb.com)
- PA Civil War Road Show to make special appearance in Maryland (whptv.com)
- Antietam battle so big, there are 2 re-enactments (heraldonline.com)
The new exhibits highlight the impact of the battle on the nation that occurred 150 years ago… and the families that lived on the battlefield. The exhibit includes wartifacts and photographs of veterans returning for reunions and the creation of the park by the U.S. War Department.
“Sharpsburg was a farming community for one hundred years before the battle was fought. Now we are able to tell a broader story through the artifacts and images of those who lived here. We are extremely pleased to have our new exhibit opening just in time for the 150th Commemoration.”
Some of the artifacts that highlight the new exhibit include a gold watch owned by the Mumma family whose farm was destroyed in the battle; furniture from the Roulette farm; a hand carved headstone that marked a soldiers grave just after the battle; and numerous reunion medals and ribbons.
For more information call 301-432-5124.
- Antietam National Battlefield Park Gears Up To Commemorate Civil War’s Bloodiest Day (gadling.com)
- Remembering Battle of Antietam in 1937 (times-news.com)
- “Gods and Generals” Related Magazine Available For Sale in Antietam Visitor’s Center (gcaggiano.wordpress.com)
- Dawn at Antietam, 1862 (rendezvouswithrenee.com)