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SMITHSBURG | March 11, 2011
 Antietam National Battlefield is participating in the national Park Day activities meeting at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 2, at Antietam National Battlefield Visitor Center, 5831 Dunker Church Road, Sharpsburg. Work projects will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until noon. Volunteers are needed to plant wildflowers and trees, prepare wildflower planting areas, and help clean up a dump site. Antietam National Battlefield will provide some tools, but is asking volunteers who can, to bring a shovel or trowel (clearly identified as their own tool)
NEWS
February 10, 2011
Antietam National Battlefield is recruiting volunteers and school groups to help with environmental and historic restoration projects this spring and summer. Antietam invites volunteers to help plant trees to reforest the historic East Woods and to restore freshwater springs throughout the park and a vegetated riparian buffer along the Antietam Creek. Volunteers are welcome to come Mondays through Saturdays from March 12 to May 14, depending on weather conditions. For more information on these projects or to set up a day to volunteer at Antietam, contact Andrew Landsman at 301-432-2243 or at Andrew_Landsman@nps.
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By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | September 14, 2012
There are no bulldozers turning the earth on old and historic fields, no acreage falling victim to the relentless march of development. Instead, Antietam National Battlefield is a dignified memorial to all who fought there - peaceful and picturesque. Shallow water murmurs below Burnside Bridge and overhanging trees shade narrow winding lanes that edge acres of cornfields. If you listen closely, you might think you hear heroic ghosts whisper of a great and terrible battle that was fought here 150 years ago - the site of the bloodiest day in the nation's wartime history.
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By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | crystal.schelle@herald-mail.com | November 30, 2011
During the wee morning hours of Sept. 17, 1862, there were stars still in the sky when the first shots were fired near the creek that would bear the Civil War battle's name. Nearly 12 hours later, 23,110 soldiers would be killed, wounded or missing, making the Battle of Antietam the bloodiest single-day battle in American history. The park will commemorate its 150th anniversary in 2012. On Saturday, Dec. 3, those stars will seem a little closer to the ground as Antietam National Battlefield hosts its annual Memorial Illumination.
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By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | December 3, 2011
It takes little imagination to hear the thunder of cannon and the rattle of musketry, to listen to the cries of young men and to recall the carnage of that day. Spared the fate of some historic sites that are marred with fast-food restaurants and trinket shops, Antietam National Battlefield looks much like it did, when on Sept. 17, 1862, a great and terrible battle was fought across its woods and open fields. It's a serene setting, filled with a sense of personal history - not just of the generals who led their armies, but the 23,110 soldiers who were killed, wounded or missing in action.
NEWS
September 17, 2012
One-hundred-and-fifty years ago Monday, this county was the scene of the bloodiest single day of the Civil War or the War of Northern Aggression. If you are a frequent reader of this column, then you know I am almost as passionate about history as I am about agriculture. As we look back, “The 1860 agricultural census of Washington County portrays pre-war Sharpsburg as a district of prime land, crops, and animal husbandry (the raising of livestock). Typically, wheat, Indian corn, hay, rye oats and Irish potatoes were the crops raised.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | December 1, 2012
Before the sun set Saturday, the thousands of luminarias arrayed across the fields of Antietam National Battlefield were almost invisible from a distance, the paper bags blending into a background of wheat, hay and corn stubble. As day gave way to dusk and dusk to darkness, the 23,110 candles began to glimmer and then glow, their lights following the contours of the land where an equal number of men were killed, wounded or reported missing 150 years ago during the Battle of Antietam.
NEWS
April 13, 2011
Antietam National Battlefield recently won Maryland Life Magazine's Best Historic Attraction Award. The Free State's Finest Awards are listed in the magazine's April 2011 issue. The National Park Service's Antietam National Battlefield was notified that the readers of Maryland Life Magazine selected Antietam as the best historic attraction in Western Maryland, and one of the top six selected in the state. Antietam National Battlefield is Western Maryland's most-visited historic attraction, last year seeing more than 900,000 visitors (paid and free)
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September 6, 2013
The Antietam National Battlefield will present a series of programs to commemorate the 151st anniversary of the Battle of Antietam.  Fought on Sept. 17, 1862, Union and Confederate Armies clashed for 12 hours over the rolling fields outside of Sharpsburg. When the sun set, more than 23,000 soldiers who had been killed or wounded or missing in what is considered the bloodiest one-day battle in American history.  The Antietam National Battlefield is a member of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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NEWS
August 9, 2013
Back-to-School Block Party School supplies will be handed out to students accompanied by a parent or guardian. There will be food, games and music. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Washington Square United Methodist Church, 538 Washington Ave., Hagerstown. Call 301-739-2653. Folk-pop roots, jazz and blues Linda Lay and Springfield Exit will perform. 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Berkeley Springs State Park, 2 S. Washington St., Berkeley Springs, W.Va. Free. Star Theatre is the rain location.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | July 6, 2013
Deep green fields of soybeans flanked a crowd of thousands who gathered Saturday at Antietam National Battlefield for the 28th Salute to Independence. In between, green, blue, brown and other colorful blocks of plastic tarp and blankets covered the mowed grassy field where spectators waited to see the Maryland Symphony Orchestra's performance and fireworks that followed. Tents and beach umbrellas shielded them and their games of Uno, Go Fish and Dutch Blitz in the hours before the orchestra's salute, which began with the national anthem, “Maryland, My Maryland” and the Armed Forces Salute under the direction of Elizabeth Schulze.
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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | June 26, 2013
The 28th annual Salute to Independence celebration at Antietam National Battlefield is more than a week away, but preparations for it have already begun. The stage for the popular celebration arrived in pieces Wednesday morning, and workers began putting it together. “Over the course of the next few days, the workers will construct the stage, our maintenance crew will come out and place trash cans, stripe the lawn back here and cut the grass, as well, and rope off areas,” Antietam National Battlefield Park Ranger Brian Baracz said.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | May 6, 2013
"Gods and Generals" author Jeff Shaara announced Monday he would match up to $5,000 in contributions to help fund a documentary about the Antietam National Battlefield Memorial Illumination. Former Hagerstown resident Michael Wicklein is producing a feature-length documentary about the annual December illumination and the stories behind the luminarias. During the annual December event, volunteers place 23,000 luminarias at Antietam National Battlefield to represent the casualties from the bloodiest single-day battle on American soil.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | May 1, 2013
Marcy Fleeharty had no idea her great aunt had multiple sclerosis until only days before Saturday's Walk MS Hagerstown at Antietam National Battlefield. Fleeharty, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., said she already had decided to take part in Saturday's walk for her friend's mother, who was diagnosed with the chronic, often disabling disease. “Two days ago, talking to my mother, I found out my grandmother's sister had MS. I had no clue,” Fleeharty said. “The fact that the walks are designed to bring awareness works,” Fleeharty said as she and her friend, Lindsay Unger, finished the last several yards of the walk.
OPINION
April 29, 2013
Battlefield superintendent thanks volunteers To the editor: On Saturday, April 6, Antietam National Battlefield participated in both the Civil War Preservation Trust's Park Day and the Alice Ferguson Foundation's Potomac Watershed Cleanup. These annual events call for volunteers to take part in a variety of conservation and preservation work projects at Civil War sites across the country as well as removing the trash from our waterways, roadsides and trail within the greater Potomac River watershed.
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By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | April 20, 2013
A boom bellowed and black smoke poured from the barrel's mouth, but the caliber of sound the cannon made was only narrowly louder than the subsequent shrieks and gasps from the 12-and-younger crowd on Saturday at Antietam National Battlefield. Junior Ranger Day, which was divvied into sections aimed at Civil War education as well as teaching those in attendance to be “stewards of the park,” drew about 150 children plus their families, park Ranger Christie Stanczak said. Sam Cool of Hagerstown brought two of his daughters to the battlefield on what he termed a “staycation.” “She studied the Civil War in school and this is firsthand experience - can't beat it,” Cool, 47, said of his 9-year-old daughter, Molly, who described the day as “awesome.” Park volunteers Tracey McIntire and Audrey Scanlan, outfitted in uniforms representing the Iron Brigade - regimes from Wisconsin and Indiana that fought in the cornfield at Antietam - demonstrated how soldiers fired artillery using black powder blanks.
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Harry Nogle | Around Sharpsburg & Keedysville | March 29, 2013
The Washington County Rural Heritage Museum will hold a grand opening celebration of the Rural Heritage Transportation Museum and 13th annual spring open house. The events will occur at the museum at 7313 Sharpsburg Pike Saturday, April 6, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, April 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. The museum will host a one-of-a-kind transportation artifact display, including two surviving, Hagerstown-built Dagmar automobiles and Crawford bicycles, Dahlgren Carriages, Pope Tribune automobiles and an Astor Taxi-Cab.
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March 28, 2013
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a birding trip in the Snavely Ford section of the Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, on Saturday, April 13. The trip will begin at 8 a.m. and last about three hours. It is free and open to anyone with an interest, regardless of their birding skills. Children will be welcome. Registration is not required. Snavely Ford is on Antietam Creek in the southern part of the battlefield, near the Burnside Bridge. Trip participants should meet in the Burnside Bridge parking lot. The trip will involve moderate hiking, mostly on level ground.
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