Civil War medical historian to speak

May 10, 2012|Harry Nogle | Around Sharpsburg & Keedysville
  • Sharpsburg Elementary School fifth-graders competed in the Battle of the Books competition held at Eastern Elementary School on March 17. They placed third in the oral competition. Front row, from left, Ellie Bare, Stanley Allison, Kylie Brown and Taylor Lowe. Back row, Mrs. Blood (parent coach), Erika Robertson, Isabella Prenger, Peyton Blood and Andrew Hartman.
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Dr. Gordon E. Dammann, chairman and founder of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Md., will speak at the Tuesday, May 22, meeting of the Sharpsburg Historical Society at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall in Sharpsburg. 

Dammann will present “Evacuation of Wounded from Antietam — The Letterman Plan.”

Dammann is the author of the three-volume “Pictorial Encyclopedia of Civil War Medical Instruments and Equipment,” co-author of “Images of Civil War Medicine — A Photographic History,” and editor of the reprint “Memoirs of Jonathan Letterman, MD Surgeon ofU.S. Army1861-1864.”

Dammann recently retired from his private dental practice in Lena, Ill., and is active in several Civil War and historical societies. He is a licensed guide at Antietam National Battlefield and has participated in Civil War programs throughout the United States, including West Point and the Smithsonian Institution.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 301-992-9767.


Shumaker wins raffle

Amanda Shumaker is the winner of the latest Sharpsburg American Legion Post 236 50/50 raffle. The Legion thanks the community for its support.

Proceeds from the raffle will be used to help the troops, veterans and children in the area. 

For more information, call Cmdr. Lawrence Hoffman at 301-432-8957.

Run includes new 5K race

The 33rd annual Antietam Run Through History will take place Sunday, June 3, at Antietam National Battlefield.

The event will include a 10K road race and a new 5K race. 

Proceeds will benefit Head Start of Washington County Inc.

For more information, call Race Director Dick Snyder at 301-797-6464 or Head Start at 301-733-0088, ext. 102, or go to

Museum to present ‘Garden Event’ Saturday

The Rural Heritage Museum invites visitors to participate in a garden activity with Washington County Master Gardeners on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Visitors can tour the museum and meet with the master gardeners at the German Four-Square Garden for gardening advice and tips. 

Weather permitting, the master gardeners will share information about sunflowers and their history, as well as plant a sunflower garden.

Between 12:30 and 2:30 p.m., master Baker Bill Theriault and his baking assistants will  bake artisan bread at the outdoor wood-fired oven beside the German Four-Square Garden. Since limited quantities will be available, early visitors should reserve a loaf for $5.

The museum is at Washington County Agricultural Education Center, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike.
For more information, call 240-420-1714, send an email to, or go to

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