BOONSBORO - It may not have the bluster of last summer's Antietam battle re-enactment, but next month's re-creation of the Battle of South Mountain will mark the second straight year Washington County has hosted Maryland's largest Civil War battle re-enactment, organizers said.
"Once again, Washington County is going to have the biggest," said Russ Richards, who has organized the event for the last two years.
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Richards said he expects 3,000 re-enactors for the Sept. 12-13 event, up dramatically from the 100 who showed up for the first year in 1996. Last year, the event drew 800 re-enactors, but Richards said it will benefit from not having to compete with Antietam this year.
Richards said he knows the re-enactment will be the largest in the state because none of the other re-enactments that have been advertised in trade publications are close to the scale of the South Mountain re-creation.