Events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Maryland Campaign of the American Civil War, including the battles of Antietam and South Mountain, were outlined Tuesday morning at a news conference held at Antietam National Battlefield.
“The commemoration will feature a wide variety of tours, living history demonstrations, exhibits and commemorative programs by all of our national parks in this area and with our partners,” Antietam National Battlefield Superintendent Susan Trail said. “The Maryland Campaign is considered by many historians to be the turning point in the American Civil War.”
Trail described events that will be held at Antietam National Battlefield, South Mountain State Battlefield, Manassas National Battlefield Park, Monocacy National Battlefield and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.
“The scope and impact on those battles had a profound effect on the country, both at the time they occurred, and even now,” she said. “Beyond the casualties suffered in the fighting, the Union victory at Antietam denied the Confederate States of America desperately needed European recognition and aid, and allowed President Abraham Lincoln to issue the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.”