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Washington County, Maryland to Host 150th Antietam Reenactment

By: Kent Courtney


The Battle of Antietam - also known as the Battle of Sharpsburg - was America's bloodiest day.  Confederate and Federal forces slammed into each other along Antietam Creek in a battle that left both sides crippled.

The Legacy Manor Farm (off of Route 65 - Sharpsburg Pike) is the site of the September 14, 15 and 16th, 2012 reenactment of the pivotal Battle of Antietam.  The Legacy Manor Farm is an historic 400 acre working farm located two miles north of the Antietam National Military Park.


Doing History

An important part of the Antietam Reenactment is the passing of our historic legacy to our children. Great efforts are made to ensure that the importance of the Battle of Antietam is remembered.

According to the Bradley Commission on History in Schools, "Perhaps no aspect of historical thinking is as exciting to students or as productive of their growth in historical thinking as "doing history".

Our Living History Village gives children - and people of all ages - an opportunity to interact with reenactors and historians.  In one-on-one demonstrations, people can learn how daily activities, such as cooking, sewing, and living in a tent were done.

At 10 am on Friday, September 14th, Washington County children will be brought to the Antietam reenactment site for "The Classroom Comes ALIVE!" program. Washington County students will experience a comprehensive program designed to immerse students into the mid-1800s time period to understand the history, culture and experiences of the American Civil War. The larger goal is to inspire students with a desire to learn.

The Antietam Reenactment is an opportunity for people to "do history".


Music from the mid-1800s

Nationally-known singer and historian, Kent Courtney, will be part of the "The Classroom Comes ALIVE!" experience. He will perform music of the American Civil War, as well as, music that lead to that era in several concerts during the weekend.

Kent Courtney will demonstrate music on guitar, banjo, mandolin, recorders and accordion and will tell the stories surrounding the songs that he sings.  In "Smoke & Fire News", Matt Merta said of Kent Courtney, "For many years he has released tapes and CDs of period music that can be ranked as some of the best and most authentic interpretations...Courtney does strive for authenticity in his work and with Garryowen he is probably the best at it today.  See http://www.kentcourtney.com

Appearing in the movie, "Gods and Generals" as entertainment for General "Stonewall" Jackson, the 2nd South Carolina String Band will be playing music for the ball to be held at 7pm on Saturday night, September 15th.  They will be making periodic performances throughout the weekend at the reenactment.  See http://youtu.be/0sB0McDpAjM


For more information on the Antietam Reenactment, see http://150thantietamreenactment.com/


 

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Washington County, Maryland to Host 150th Antietam Reenactment

By: Kent Courtney
   
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