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Wedding bells and cannon fire

September 13, 1997

One of two weddings planned for Saturday evening was between Andrew Doddington, a Union re-enactor and Lynne Gaither, both of Randallstown, Md.

For Doddington, getting married at a re-enactment made sense. For starters, he met his fiance at a re-enactment and both have a great interest in the Civil War and have traveled together to many events.

"She's more into the period in general than the re-enacting," he said before the wedding, between bites of fried potatoes he just made over his camp fire.

But there was a practical reason too: All of the couple's friends are also Civil War enthusiasts, and he knows where their loyalties would be if they had to choose between going to Antietam or a wedding in a church.

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That's what happened when one of Doddington's friends made the mistake of getting married the same day as a Civil War event.

"Where did everybody go? They went to the event and not the wedding," he said.

Getting his wife's pastor to come up from Silver Spring, Md., to perform the ceremony was no problem, Doddington said.

"He's a Civil War buff," he said.

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