Civil War sessions March 29 at community college

March 16, 2003

Carroll Community College and the Historical Society of Carroll County will hold their sixth annual "Maryland and the Civil War: A Regional Perspective" program from 9:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 29 at the college in the Scott Center theater.

Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for registration and welcome. The keynote address will be given at 9:30 a.m. by Dan Toomey, author of Marylanders at Gettysburg. He will discuss Maryland's four Union units and three Confederate units that fought each other during the war.

Concurrent workshops will be held at 10:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Lunch at noon will feature a concert by the 105th Pennsylvania Regiment Wildcat Band playing the music of the regimental Civil War bands and period-style instruments. A book signing with Toomey and Terry Reimer, author of One Vast Hospital, also will be held.

Local and professional historians will lead these workshops:

10:45 a.m.: "One Vast Hospital" by Reimer, of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. He will discuss Frederick's role as a hospital center after the battles of South Mountain and Antietam in 1862.

"A Season of Despondency: Unionism in Carroll County During the Secession Crisis, 1860-1861" by Tim Jenness. He will describe the political culture of the county from Lincoln's election to a year later when Maryland elected a Unionist legislature.

"Maryland Civil War Trails" by Marci Ross, who will discuss Maryland's "The Antietam Campaign: Lee Invades Maryland" program started last year by the state legislature and future plans for Civil War trails.

1:15 p.m.: "Captain John Rodgers, USN - Maryland Civil War Hero" by Greg Yaskovich, who will describe the Harford County man's service with the "Brown Water" navy and support of McClellan's Peninsula Campaign.

"Civil War Photographs at the U.S. Army Military History Institute" by Jay Graybeal. This illustrated lecture will describe the institute's extensive collection of Civil War photos.

"Corbet's Charge" by Tom LeGore. The blue and the gray came together in a skirmish in June 1863 in Westminster. Participants can take a bus to the site. Registration is required in advance for the bus.

The day will conclude at 2:30 p.m. with the 105th Pennsylvania Regiment Wildcat Band presenting a Grant Concert of music from the Civil War era.

Advance registration is recommended; limited tickets may be available the day of the event. Registration is $25 for county residents and senior citizens 60 and older, $30 for noncounty residents, and $40 for out-of-state residents. Children ages 8 to 12 are admitted free with a registered adult and box lunches for them may be purchased.

Information: 410-386-8000.

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