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Boy Scouts council to sell tickets for 150th anniversary re-enactment

August 01, 2012

The Antietam-Sharpsburg 150th Anniversary Re-enactment Committee has announced its alliance with the Mason-Dixon Council of Boy Scouts of America in selling event tickets for the re-enactment.

The Boy Scout council will be a “preferred nonprofit ticket outlet” in Washington County.  Each ticket sold will result in a donation to the council.

“This is our way of giving back to the community.  Having been involved in Boy Scouts for almost 20 years, I felt it was an organization that would benefit from the funding and, in turn, give back to the youth of our area.” said Kirk Davis, one of the principals of Civil War Heritage Inc., which is putting on the 150th Antietam Civil War Re-enactment event, which is scheduled to take place Sept. 15 and 16.  “We look forward to working hand-in-hand with the Boy Scouts now and in the future.”

In addition to involving the Boy Scouts, Civil War Heritage has set aside Friday, Sept. 14, as a School Day for Washington County history students. 

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Titled “The Classroom Comes Alive,” the students will be admitted free and be given demonstrations in artillery and infantry procedures.

Also, students can talk one-on-one with both Union and Confederate generals, and will be able to see how people lived in the 1860s. Students will have the opportunity to visit military camps, living history camps and sutlers. 

“Getting kids excited about history is what it really is all about,” said George Lomas, another Civil War Heritage principal. “We feel this is a way of saying ‘thank you’ to Washington County for welcoming us and allowing us to commemorate this vitally important day in American history.”

Along with selling tickets, Civil War Heritage is working with Scout leaders to bring groups of Scouts to the re-enactment, to experience what a soldier in the 1860s would have endured during the war. 

Civil War Heritage has procured more than 400 acres of land on Bakersville Road off of Md. 65 on which the epic event will be re-enacted as it happened 150 years ago. Included in this event will be battle re-enactments, living history village, sutler row (vendors) and military camps. Happening Sept. 15 and 16, tickets can be purchased by contacting the Mason-Dixon council at 301-739-1211.

Tickets can also be purchased through the event’s website at www.150thantietamreenactment.com, or from the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau by calling 301-791-3246 or going to www.marylandmemories.com.

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