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19th Annual Military Field Days

July 22, 1998

Military Field DaysBIG POOL - Maryland Department of Natural Resources, State Forest and Park Service and Maryland Forces will present the 19th annual Military Field Days at Fort Frederick State Park from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, July 25, and Sunday, July 26.

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There will be a service charge of $3 per adult and $1 per child ages 6 to 12. Children younger than 6 will be admitted free.

This event commemorates three time periods in which Fort Frederick experienced active service. It is an event where a family can step back in time to a blend of living history spanning more than 100 years.

More than 300 re-enactors representing the French and Indian, Revolutionary and Civil wars set up camps and recreate military life during the 18th and 19th centuries. The event presents an authentic depiction of Colonial American, English and French life.

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Outside the fort walls, an array of sutlers, including clothiers, blacksmiths, tinsmiths and coppersmiths, will sell and trade many of the same items that would have been part of everyday life.

Military life during the historical periods will be recreated by many re-enactment units, including Maryland Forces, 42nd Regt. of Foot, 60th Royal Americans, Smith's Black Boys, Gen de Bois, 1st Minnesota, 4th North Carolina, the Confederate Interpretive Battalion and the 5th Virginia. Units will march, drill and conduct living history demonstrations.

A blank artillery demonstration by Maryland Forces and 6th Wisconsin will be presented. Also, an unopposed Civil War Cavalry demonstration will be presented by the 5th U.S. Cavalry and an unopposed Civil War Infantry demonstration will be presented by Confederate Interpretive Battalion. The National Guard will be present to provide information on modern military equipment.

Friends of Fort Frederick, a nonprofit volunteer organization, will assist with visitor service duties.

Fort Frederick State Park is in Washington County, one mile east of Interstate 70, exit 12, Big Pool on Md. 56.

For information, contact the park at 301-842-2155.

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