Nearly 600 people are converging on Hagerstown today for the opening of what is being billed as the largest-ever convention for people interested in Civil War history.
The Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites 10th annual convention, "Till the Sun Goes Down," runs through Sunday at the Four Points Hotel, formerly the Sheraton, on Dual Highway.
The convention features three of the country's best known Civil War historians, James M. McPherson, James I. "Bud" Robertson and Edwin C. Bearss.
Although the convention is not open to the public, there are still about 300 tickets available for a Friday night benefit at The Maryland Theatre.