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National Press Club will tour battlefield

June 09, 2006

The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau is welcoming several dozen journalists to Washington County.

Every year, the Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) organizes a tour for the National Press Club's travel program. This year, the group is planning to visit Antietam National Battlefield.

On June 17, approximately 50 journalists will tour Antietam, led by historian and author Garry Adelman. Their tour will include stops at the Visitor Center, the Dunker Church, the Cornfield, Bloody Lane and Burnside Bridge. The group will stop for a CVB-hosted lunch at the Mumma Barn, where the Hagerstown-Washington County Visitors Bureau will officially welcome the journalists to Washington County.

"Having dozens of national and regional journalists come to our county is important. We look forward to the media touring Antietam National Battlefield, known as the most pristine battlefield in North America, and highly ranked in preservation efforts," said Tom Riford, president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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Adelman is the author of several books and articles concerning the Civil War, including "Antietam: Then & Now" (2005). He is vice president of the Center for Civil War Photography and has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg for 12 years. Adelman works full time as a historian for History Associates Incorporated in Rockville, Md.

"No matter how many books you read, there is no substitute for getting to actually walk the fields where history happened," said Mary Goundrey, field coordinator at the Trust. "We are always thrilled to have the opportunity to share that experience with others."

The Civil War Preservation Trust is America's largest nonprofit organization devoted to the preservation of our nation's endangered Civil War battlefields. The Trust also promotes educational programs and heritage tourism initiatives to inform the public of the war's history and fundamental causes.

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