Antietam to feature an army of re-enactors Commemoration of Civil War battle to take place Sept. 12-14

September 04, 1997

BOSTON GLOBE ANTIETAM — ANTIETAM - The largest Civil War re-enactment of the year will be taking place Sept. 12-14 on a farm just south of Hagerstown. This 135th anniversary commemoration of the Battle of Antietam will draw more than 10,000 re-enactors who will commemorate the bloodiest single day of the Civil War.

The battle ended the Confederacy's first effort to invade the North, and it enabled President Abraham Lincoln to shift the focus of the war from states' rights to human rights.

Besides the spectacle of the re-enactment, visitors will learn of life in the 1860s by witnessing peddlers selling wares to the public, listening to music from the Civil War, and attending a "Temperance Rally," an attempt to dissuade the 19th-century populace from imbibing in alcoholic beverages.

Events begin with a parade of troops through Hagerstown on Sept. 12; battle re-enactments will be held on Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets are being sold by the day and for all three days. A three-day pass for adults is $13; for students, $8. For tickets or information, call 888-248-4597.

Pub Date: 9/04/97

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