Ready for battle

July 12, 2007|By JULIE E. GREENE

FUNKSTOWN - There won't be seminars or formal artillery demonstrations at this weekend's Battle of Funkstown re-enactment.

But there will be plenty of fighting with about 200 re-enactors expected to participate this weekend, organizer Ron Benedict said. A street battle will be held Saturday morning on Baltimore Street and field battles will be Saturday and Sunday afternoons in Funks-town Community Park.

By keeping the schedule light with few activities there are more opportunities for visitors and re-enactors to interact, Benedict said.

"If people want to see a demonstration, they can talk to individual units. ... Most of the re-enactments that we attend are so crammed with a busy schedule that we don't have time a lot of times to sit back and talk to the public," he said.

The actual Battle of Funkstown lasted from shortly after sunrise to around 8 p.m. July 10, 1863, as Confederates retreated from Gettysburg, Pa., said Benedict, president of the re-enactment group the 6th Maryland Volunteer Infantry Regiment Inc. Approximately 600 soldiers on both sides died as Union forces pursued the Confederates, who had to hunker down and wait for the Potomac River to recede so they could cross.


Funkstown Volunteer Fire Company will be selling chicken barbecue at the park both days and there will be a few sutlers selling period wares.

While there won't be a dance this year, Caruthers' Others will perform in the re-enactment camps at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

If you go ...

WHAT: Battle of Funkstown re-enactment

WHEN: 8:30 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m. Saturday, July 14, and 9 a.m. to approximately 3 p.m. Sunday, July 15

WHERE: Most activities will be held in Funks-town Community Park, off Frederick Road, Funkstown.

COST: Free

MORE: There will be no parking along Baltimore Street, from Antietam Street to Edgewood Drive, from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday.

For more information, call Ron Benedict at 301-393-8753.

Schedule for Battle of Funkstown re-enactment

Saturday, July 14

· 8:30 to 10 a.m.: Re-enactors will go through the streets of Funkstown from Westside Avenue to Edgewood Drive, to "forage" for food. Town residents can indicate their participation by attaching the distributed ribbons to their home, perhaps their mailbox.

· 9 a.m.: Re-enactor camps open at Funkstown Community Park

· 10 a.m.: Street battle on Baltimore Street between Antietam Street and Edgewood Drive

· 2 p.m. Morning phase (field battle) of the Battle of Funkstown at Funkstown Community Park

· 4:30 p.m. Music in the camps with Caruthers' Others

· 5 p.m.: Camps closed to public

Sunday, July 15

· 9 a.m.: Re-enactor camps open.

· 2 p.m.: Afternoon phase (field battle) of the Battle of Funkstown at Funkstown Community Park

Camps close to the public after the battle, approximately 3 p.m.

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