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Battlefield to host Medal of Honor event

September 13, 2007

A ceremony will be held in honor of the donation of an original Medal of Honor to Antietam National Battlefield's museum on Monday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Visitors Center.

1st Lt. George W. Hooker, 4th Vermont Infantry, was awarded the Medal of Honor for the single-handed capture of 116 Confederate soldiers and their colors at the Battle of Crampton's Gap on Sept. 14, 1862. Henry Willard, a direct descendent of Hooker, will present Hooker's medal to park Superintendent John Howard.

The program will also feature commentary by several historians. Local author John Schildt will discuss the spirit of sacrifice of the American fighting man in all of our wars. Antietam Park Historian Ted Alexander will speak on the Medal of Honor in the Civil War and the Maryland Campaign. His talk will cover the other medals awarded at Antietam. Al Preston, historian of the South Mountain State Battlefield, will provide commentary of George Hooker's actions in the Battle of Crampton's Gap. Songstress Hedy Henderson will perform several patriotic numbers.

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Afterward, the medal will be on display in the Visitors Center lobby for the duration of the evening's event. The park museum store will also be open. The event is free.

For more information, call 301-432-5124.

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