FUNKSTOWN - Infantry brigades under the command of Dan Paterson's great-grandfather - Gen. James "Pete" Longstreet - fought in the Battle of Funkstown 144 years ago.
Paterson marched on part of the same battleground Saturday with the 7th Maryland re-enactment group.
Paterson, a network engineer for a real estate company who lives in Centreville, Va., said war lore ran strong in his family.
"In grade school, I was reading Civil War books," he said.
Around the mid-1990s, Paterson said, he spent more time at re-enactments, got himself a uniform and joined the 7th Maryland group, which was part of the Battle of Funkstown.
"It was kind of inevitable that I do this type of stuff," he said.
Scores of men portraying Union and Confederate soldiers squared off Saturday at Funkstown Community Park.
The two forces fired upon each, with some re-enactors pretending to be dead or badly wounded. A man acting as a medic tended to howling men sprawled on the ground.