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They had cannons for arms

Civil war artillery group recreates sound and history of battle at Harpers Ferry

Civil war artillery group recreates sound and history of battle at Harpers Ferry

November 07, 2004|by WANDA T. WILLIAMS

wandaw@herald-mail.com

HARPERS FERRY, W.VA. - When Montgomery County history teacher Bob Hines isn't in his classroom, the living historian goes on the road teaching American history to the general public.

"Black powder is a dangerous element," yelled Hines, speaking Saturday to a group of tourists atop a grassy hill on the site of a Civil War battle at Bolivar Heights at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.

Dressed in period clothing with about 20 other living historians, Hines is a member of the Baltimore Light Artillery, a group of living historians. The group portrayed Civil War artillery soldiers in the 1862 surrender of Union soldiers during the Confederate capture of Bolivar Heights. Members of the Liberty Rifles and the Southern Grays also participated in Saturday's artillery demonstration using Civil War replica cannons.

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"Stonewall Jackson is going to come in from the west of town," Hines said to a crowd of about 50 people as he recounted the actual events leading up to one of the biggest surrenders of U.S. forces in history, second only to World War II, Hines said.

"About 12,500 Union soldiers surrendered," he said.

The sound of the cannons from Saturday's demonstration could be heard up to 20 miles away.

Margaret Jones said she heard the cannons from her home in Round Hill, Va.

"We were planning on attending today's event, but when we heard the cannons at home, we didn't want to miss it," she said.

She brought her three children, who said Hines' speech was one of the best living history lessons they have ever seen.

"It was really loud, but he did a great job explaining everything in detail," 12-year-old Sean Jones said.

Artillery demonstrations are scheduled for today at noon and 2 p.m. at the park.

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