Around Funkstown

July 13, 2010|By SUSIE HOFFMAN / 301-790-2413

History to come alive with re-enactment of Battle of Funkstown

The town of Funkstown is about to be occupied. One-hundred and forty-seven years ago, around the dates of July 16, 17 and 18, Civil War soldiers from both the North and the South met in Funkstown for a battle after retreating from the turning point in the war, Gettysburg, Pa.

Set aside time this weekend to come and see what an occupation would have been like.

On Friday, starting at 1 p.m., the camp in the park will be open for all registered participants. The music for the evening will be provided by the 97th Regimental String Band.

On Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m., the troops will be foraging through the town. Residents who wish to participate should contact Town Hall by Friday no later then 4 p.m. Residents have received a red ribbon to post on their house if they are participating. Items that the troops can carry in their bags are desired, such as water, canned goods, fruit and vegetables. Any excess items not used by the soldiers will be donated to St. Paul's Food Bank.


The band will play in front of the Hudson House from 9 a.m. until the start of the street battle at 10. Be advised that the main street through Funkstown will be closed for the duration of the battle, approximately one hour.

All day, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., food will be sold by the Funkstown Fire Co., the Funkstown Lions Club and St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

Be sure to visit the park for the Great Fireman's Bucket Brigade to be held on the basketball court at 1 p.m. From 1 to 8 p.m. in the park, there will be craft vendors scattered throughout the park.

Bring your lawn chairs and watch the afternoon battle in the park, which starts at 4 p.m. Before and after the battle, from noon to 7 p.m., bring the kids to enjoy an inflatable bounce, face painting, spin art, giant slide, duck pond, magician, and other activities for youngsters to do. All kids' events are free. By 8 p.m., things should be settling down and it's time to relax with music by the 97th Regimental String Band.

Be sure to stay for the fireworks at dusk.

After a breakfast of all-you-can-eat pancakes, and single servings of bacon, sausage, eggs and home fries, orange juice and coffee for $6, provided by the Funkstown Fire Co., stay for the Civil War church service at 10 a.m.

Lunch and more music and a final battle in the park at 1 p.m. rounds out the day.

To Johnny Philips, thank you for all your time and energy organizing the event; and to the re-enactors, thank you for making Funkstown come alive with history.

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