It all begins Thursday evening — the Battle of Hancock Sesquicentennial Commemoration, a four-day event of speeches, presentations, music, lectures, re-enactments and memorial services.
St. Thomas' Episcopal Church is the epicenter of this historic event and hosts many of the activities.
This evening, be sure to come up Church Hill for the opening ceremony and a concert by the Springs Chamber Ensemble.
In a dramatic presentation, the Rev. F. Allan Weatherholt will play the role of the Rev. David J. Lee, reading a copy of the actual letter written by him to Maryland Bishop W. R. Whittingham chronicling details of the church's place in the battle.
In words from 150 years ago, the audience will be invited into a "flashback" to that bitterly cold January when Gen. Stonewall Jackson and his Confederate troops attempted to cross the icy Potomac River to outflank the Union forces who were stationed on a hill above the church.
For the next three days, events will take place at the church and at the Hancock Community Center three blocks away.
A complete list of events is posted at www.hancockmd.com/battleofhancock.htm.
Events on Saturday begin at 9 a.m., and the day concludes with a 5 p.m. concert by the Wildcat Regiment Band.
All of the events are free except the Wildcat Regiment Band concert. The concert costs $5 in advance or $10 at the door.
On Sunday, events begin at 1 p.m. and conclude with a 4 p.m. Civil War period evening prayer service at St. Thomas' Church.
The planning committee has been working on this commemoration for a year, and they hope many folks will take the time to come and learn more as the town re-lives this important chapter in its local history.