2008 Hike and Event Schedule
This schedule also includes events that will be held at the Pry House Field Hospital Museum. The Pry House events are listed in Green. South Mountain State Battlefield events are listed in Red. Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend, there will be a guided van tour of South Mountain. The tour will meet at the Antietam Battlefield Visitor Center and park staff will drive participants to the three battle gaps. The tours will leave at 10:00 a.m. and return to Antietam two hours later on Saturdays and Sundays.
March 16-The Advance of the Irish Brigade-This battlefield hike will meet near the Stone ObservationTower at 1:15 p.m.and follow in the footsteps of the Irish Brigade during its assault on the Sunken Road.
March 30-Union Advance Hike The Burnside Bridge-This hike will meet at Auto Tour Stop # 9,Burnside Bridge, at1:15 p.m.The ranger led program will follow the trail on the eastern side of the Antietam Creek and will explore the numerous attempts by the Federal forces to carry the bridge.
April 6-Middle Bridge Hike-Meet the ranger at the National Cemetery parking lot on Route 34 for this hike that will explore the action that occurred around the Middle Bridge. The hike will begin at1:15 p.m.
April 13-The West Woods-This battlefield hike will begin near the New York State Monument at 1:15 p.m.and will focus on the deadly fighting in and around the West Woods.
April 20-Final Attack Hike Attack on Lee's Right-This battlefield hike will begin near Tour Stop #9,Burnside Bridge, at 1:15 p.m.The most rugged section of the battlefield will be explored on this hike including Snavely’s Ford, Lower Cornfield, Narrow Cornfield, and the Hawkin’s Zouave Monument.
April 27-Cornfield Hike-Meet the Ranger at Tour Stop # 2, The North Woods, at1:15 p.m.This hike will explore the attacks and counter attacks that took place on the northern part of the battlefield.
May 4-Sunken Road Hike-Meet the ranger behind the visitor center at1:15 p.m.The attacks by the Federal troops upon the Sunken Road, as well as the Confederate defenses will be explored during this hike.
All hikes will go on rain or shine and hikers should wear appropriate
June 7 & 8 Fire on the Mountain- Join the Pry House Field Hospital Museum and South Mountain State Park for artillery firing demonstrations. These demos will take place at Fox's Gap. Saturday the events begin at 12:30 PM, with a talk on Civil War artillery wounds followed by the firing demo. On Sunday, the events begin at 1PM with the firing demo. Both days six guns will take part in the event. Call South Mountain at (301) 432-0452 for further information and directions to the event site.
June 14&15-Artillery Weekend-The rolling terrain and the heavy reliance on artillery by Union and Confederates made Antietam one of the most significant artillery battles in the Civil War. Artillery firing demonstrations will be held throughout Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday and Sunday, June 21-22, 2008: 11am and 2:30pm CHILDREN’S EXPERIENCE WEEKEND Pry House Field Hospital Museum, Keedysville, MD-Start your summer vacation at the Pry House Field Hospital Museum with activities and programs focused on how children lived during the mid-eighteenth century. Includes games and a craft. For more information, call 301-695-1864 or visit us online at www.civilwarmed.org
July 5-Antietam Salute to Independence Celebration-Join the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and Bay Fireworks for a special Independence Day commemoration. The two hour concert begins at7:30 p.m.; fireworks display immediately following the concert. Note: Due to this special event, the visitor center will be open from 8:30 a.m.until3:00 p.m.Several of the park roads will not be available to tour after3:00 p.m.
July 26&27-6th New HampshireWeekend at Antietam-Living history volunteers will portray the 6th New Hampshire Infantry. Join the 6th New Hampshireto learn about the history of the regiment and the stories of the common soldiers who fought with this unit. Weapons and tactics demonstrations will be held both Saturday and Sunday, with ongoing interpretation in the camp throughout the weekend.
July 26 & 27 Confederate Living History Demos- The North Carolinians return to Fox’s Gap. Come see the life of the Civil War Soldier and firing demos throughout both days. Saturday programs at 11 am, 1pm, and 3pm. Sunday demos at 11 am and 1pm.
August 9&10-Technology of War Weekend (2nd Regiment United States
August 9 & 10 Signal Corps at South Mountain. Signal Corps demos at Washington Monument State Park. The monument was used on two different occasions as a signal station during the Civil War. Learn how the Signal Corps’ go the message through.” Demos at 11 am and 1pm each day.
August 16&17-Stonewall Brigade and Iron Brigade Weekend-Join Union and Confederate living historians for a look at two famous Civil War brigades that faced each other on numerous occasions during the Civil War. Living history programs will be offered on Saturday and Sunday.
August 23 & 24 Living History at the Pry House, 11am to 5pm Pry House Field Hospital Museum. C Company, 31st Virginia will be in camp at the house. Come meet the soldiers and civilians to experience what a Confederate camp was like during the war. Historians in authentic period uniforms and civilian dress, will set up a camp featuring reproduction household and military goods from the Civil War. For more information please call 301-416-2395 or visit us online at www.civilwarmed.org
August 30&31-The United States Sanitary Commission at Antietam-Living history volunteers will tell the story of the United States Sanitary Commission and demonstrate the role it played in improving the life of the common soldier by portraying a soldier feeding station. They will discuss their role in the Civil War and the aftermath of the Battle of Antietam by providing comfort and solace to the troops. Presentations will take place throughout Saturday and Sunday.
September 6 & 7 South Mountain Battle Anniversary Weekend- Various events and activities will be held at the South Mountain Battlefield and Washington Monument. Tours, cannon firing and other demos will take place throughout the weekend. For more info please call South Mountain at (301) 432-8065.
September 12-14-Antietam Battle Anniversary Weekend-A weekend full of special hikes and programs will be announced in late August.
Friday, September 12-Sunday, September 14, 2008 THIRD ANNUAL EARLY AMERICAN BANJO CONFERENCE Pry House Field Hospital Museum, Keedysville, MD- Event includes lectures and workshop on period playing styles, banjo construction and restoration as well as the lives of early performers. Cost for the three-day program is $40 and is limited to the first 40 players. A public concert will be held on Saturday, September 13, time TBD (see concert listing for additional details). For more information, call 301-695-1864 or visit us online at www.civilwarmed.org
September 13 & 14 Confederate Living History Demos- The North Carolinians return to Fox’s Gap. Come see the life of the Civil War Soldier and firing demos throughout both days. Saturday programs at 11 am, 1pm, and 3pm. Sunday demos at 11 am and 1pm.
Saturday, September 13, 2008 BANJO CONTEST/CONCERT Pry House Field Hospital Museum, Keedysville, MD: time TBD- Join us for a re-creation of a famous 1857 banjo contest as banjo players from around the country gather to compete and entertain. The contest will be open to the public. Admission for the concert is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 15. All proceeds will benefit the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.For more information, call 301-695-1864 or visit us online at www.civilwarmed.org
Saturday & Sunday, September 13 & 14, 2008: 11am -4pm LIVING HISTORY AT THE PRY HOUSE FIELD HOSPITAL MUSEUM, Keedysville, MD-Various presentations on aspects of Civil War medicine and the home front, including a portrayal of a Union field surgeon, headquarters guard 9th NY Fire Zouaves, a depiction of the camp life of soldiers, a demonstration of quilt piecing, and a performance of Civil War-era banjo music.For more information, call 301-695-1864 or visit us online at www.civilwarmed.org.
September 14 South Mountain Battle Anniversary – A special program will be planned for this day, as it is the actual battle date and day of South Mountain. For more information and details please call the South Mountain Battlefield office at (301) 432-8065.
September 17-Antietam Battle Anniversary Hike-Join the rangers for an all-day hike of the field on the 146th Anniversary of the Battle of Antietam. Please check the park web site in August for further information.
September 27&28-27th Virginia Infantry Weekend-Join the living history volunteers portraying 27th Virginia to learn about the history of the regiment and the stories of the common soldiers who fought with this unit. Weapons and tactics demonstrations will be held on Saturday and Sunday, with ongoing interpretation in the camp throughout the day.
October 4&5-5th Virginia Infantry Weekendat Antietam-Living history volunteers from the 5th Virginia Infantry will portray the life of the Civil War soldier and share the story on the men who fought with this unit. Weapons and tactics demonstrations will be held on Saturday and Sunday, with ongoing interpretation in the camp throughout the day.
October 11&12-23rd Virginia Infantry Weekend at Antietam-Living history volunteers from the 23rd Virginia Infantry will portray the life of the Civil War soldier and share the story on the men who fought with this unit. Weapons and tactics demonstrations will be held on Saturday and Sunday, with ongoing interpretation in the camp throughout the day.
October 12- The Wildcat Band will preform concerts at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Come out and hear Brass Band Music of the American Civil War.
December 6- 20th Annual Memorial Illumination-Volunteers place over 23,000 candles on the battlefield; each representing a casualty from the bloodiest single day battle in American History. Driving tour begins at6:00 p.m.on Route 34 east of Sharpsburg. In the event of high winds or heavy rain, this event will be rescheduled to December 13. Note: The visitor center will be open from 8:30 a.m through 3:00 p.m. Several of the park roads will not be available to tour after 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 6, 2008 Pry House Field Hospital Museum-Living history, barn and house exhibits conducted before the Illumination. House closes at 5pm. Illumination gates open at 6 pm at the entrance on Route 34. For more information, call 301-695-1864 or visit us online at www.civilwarmed.org.All information is subject to change. Please call the park (301) 432-5124 before attending any special event.
Did You Know?
Alexander Gardner's photographs of Antietam were the first ever images to show dead soldiers on the field of battle. A New York Times article about the photographs said it was if the "dead had been laid at our doorsteps." More...