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Several re-enactors taken to hospital

September 16, 2002|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

At least four people were taken to Washington County Hospital on Friday from the site of the 140th anniversary re-enactment of the Battle of Antietam.

The most serious case was a re-enactor with a possible stroke who was taken to the hospital after the afternoon re-enactment of the Battle at Fox's Gap, said Alan Matheny, spokesman for the Volunteer Fire Co. of Halfway.

All of the people taken to the hospital were men, he said.

After the battle, a re-enactor with a knee injury and another re-enactor with an ankle injury and a nosebleed were taken to the hospital, Matheny said.

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Earlier Friday a middle-aged man was taken to the hospital because he was experiencing severe pain after falling Thursday night at a re-enactment campsite, Matheny said.

Four people were taken to the hospital Thursday, including a kidney stone patient and someone with abdominal pain, Matheny said.

One of Thursday's patients broke his arm as he was unloading his gear from his car, Matheny said.

On Friday, about 40 patients were treated at the re-enactment site. Most of the patients were treated for heat and dehydration. A few patients were treated for minor cuts and two people had the flu, Matheny said.

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