Battle of Antietam will be re-enacted twice in September 2012

December 07, 2011|By ANDREW SCHOTZ |

WASHINGTON COUNTY — Several months ago, there was no indication a major Civil War re-enactment would be held in Washington County in 2012, the 150th anniversary of the war.

Now, two are planned — on back-to-back weekends in September.

Thomas B. Riford, the president and chief executive officer of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, said Wednesday that the Battle of Antietam will be re-enacted on the weekend of Sept. 14-16 in 2012.

A Gettysburg, Pa., group is planning the re-enactment, which will be held on private land off Taylors Landing Road near Sharpsburg, Riford said.

In August, Chris Anders announced plans for a separate re-enactment on Sept. 8-9, 2012, on private land near Boonsboro.

The Southern Division, an all-volunteer organization, will re-enact the battles of South Mountain and Antietam and possibly the Battle of Harpers Ferry, Anders said at the time. The CVB is sponsoring the event.

A notice posted at invites re-enactors to participate in the Sept. 14-16 event.

Other than providing a registration form, the website lists few specifics about the event, other than there will be "Two Historically scripted battles each day with pyrotechnics for added realism."

There will be various programs and music demonstrations all weekend, encouraging people to check back in mid-January for spectator tickets, the website said.

Organizers of that event couldn't immediately be reached for comment. The only listed way to contact them was an email address.

The Sept. 8-9 re-enactment is scheduled to be on about 100 acres at the foot of South Mountain, near the intersection of Alt. U.S. 40 and Md. 67, east of Boonsboro, The Herald-Mail reported in August.

Anders said at the time that there would be about 4,000 to 5,000 re-enactors and 2,000 spectators, making it considerably smaller than the 1997 and 2002 anniversary re-enactments, which each had about 13,000 re-enactors and up to 100,000 spectators.

The Battle of South Mountain was fought on Sept. 14, 1862, and resulted in about 6,000 casualties.

The Battle of Antietam was fought on Sept. 17, 1862, and had 23,110 casualties, making it the bloodiest single-day battle in American history.

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