College's Civil War program to focus on regional aspects of conflict

March 18, 2001

Carroll Community College will present the fourth annual "Maryland and the Civil War, A Regional Perspective" program, focusing on the Civil War and its impact on the region, on March 31.

Doors will open at 8 a.m. Check-in and registration begin at 8:45 a.m.

D. Scott Hartwig, historian for Gettysburg National Military Park, will open the program with a speech, "The Iron Brigade at Antietam," from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Hartwig will discuss one of the most famous military brigades to fight in one of the most famous battles of the Civil War.

Afterward, attendees can choose sessions led by historians and authors. Workshops include:

Session One: 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.: "Behind the Lines in Westminster, Maryland - 1863," G. Thomas LeGore; "The Brilliant Little Battle of Monocacy," Gloria Baker Swift; "Searching for Your Civil War Ancestors," Dr. Howard G. Lanham; "The Roots of Civil War Music," Gilmore's Light Ensemble.

Lunch will be from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Gilmore's Light Ensemble will present music from the Civil War era. The musicians have performed at regional living-history programs.

Session Two: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.: "Civil War Insignias," Dr. Howard G. Lanham; "General Alpheus S. Williams - Overlooked Hero," Greg Forster; "Monument Preservation: Works in Progress," Gary Casteel.

Session Three: 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.: "Carroll's Blue & Gray," Jay A. Graybeal; "John Burns, The Hero of Gettysburg," Timothy H. Smith.

Memorial Plaque Dedication, 3:45 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Francis Shriver marker dedication at Westminster Cemetery, North Church Street. Francis Shriver participated in the cavalry engagement in Westminster known as Corbit's Charge on June 29, 1863.

The registration fee includes all sessions, the concert, lunch and dedication ceremony. Children 8 to 12 will be admitted free but must be registered with an adult older than age 18. Fees are $20 for Carroll County residents and senior adults, $25 for out-of-county residents and $32 for out-of-state residents.

Lunch for children can be reserved for $8 when registering. The program is not appropriate for children younger than age 8.

Information or to request accommodations for people with disabilities: Carroll Community College Office of Continuing Education and Training, 410-386-8100 or 888-221-9748.

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