Monday, March 31, 2008

Hot off the presses!

Antietam National Battlefield 2008 schedule of hikes and events.



March 16-The Advance of the Irish Brigade-This battlefield hike will meet near the Stone Observation Tower 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 HikeThe Burnside Bridge-This hike will meet at Auto Tour Stop # 9, Burnside Bridge, at 1:15 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 at 1:15 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 HikeAttack 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 26 - Junior Ranger Day. Children ages six to twelve will be able to participate in special programs, interact with volunteers portraying Civil War soldiers and have the opportunity to become Junior Park Rangers. A variety of exciting programs will await your Junior Rangers on this special day!




April 26 - A Civil War Musicale. Join us in the historic Dunker Church at 2:00 for an afternoon of musical entertainment as the Shepherd College Mens Chorus performs a selection of Civil War music. Enjoy the songs of the American Civil War in this most appropriate of settings.

April 27-Cornfield Hike -Meet the Ranger at Tour Stop # 2, The North Woods, at 1:15 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 at 1:15 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
footwear for going through tall grassy fields as well as plowed fields.
Unless noted, all hikes are approximately two hours and two miles in length.
All information is subject to change. Please call the park (301) 432-5124
or check our web page at http://www.nps.gov/anti before attending
any special event.





June 14 and 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. Click HERE for video!




July 5-Antietam Salute to Independence Celebration-Join the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and Bay Fireworks Company for a special Independence Day commemoration. The two hour concert begins at 7:30 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.until 3:00 p.m.Several of the park roads will not be available to tour after 3:00 p.m.

July 26 and 27-6th New Hampshire Weekend at Antietam-Living history volunteers will portray the 6th New Hampshire Infantry. Join the 6th New Hampshire 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 both Saturday and Sunday, with ongoing interpretation in the camp throughout the weekend.

August 9 and 10-Technology of War Weekend (2nd Regiment United States
Sharpshooters)-Living history volunteers portraying Berdan’s Sharpshooters will perform tactical firing demonstrations to illustrate advances in military technology during the Civil War. Col. Vince Armstrong will display his gun collection to show the rapid change in firearms technology before and during the Civil War. His interpretive program will follow the weapons and tactics demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday, with ongoing interpretation in the camp throughout the day. Click HERE for video.

August 16 and 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 30 and 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 12-14-Battle Anniversary Weekend-A weekend full of special hikes and programs will be announced in late August.

September 17-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 and 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 and 5-5th Virginia Infantry Weekend at 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 and 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.

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 at 6:00 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. Click HERE for video

All information is subject to change. Please call the park (301) 432-5124 before attending any special event. Also check out the park's website at:

http://www.nps.gov/anti/planyourvisit/2008-hike-and-event-schedule.htm

I'll see you this summer and fall!

Just north of Sharpsburg!

Ranger Mannie

2 comments:

Stephen Keating said...

How often do they take groups up to Nicodemus ridge? I know it is private property, but I thought I remember you going there once>

mannie said...

Stephen,
As the Nicodemus Heights hike involves taking visitors through a large tract of private property which is a working farm there are a lot of logistic issues involved, Ranger Brian tries to do that hike every other Spring, so look for it next year.

I went up there with Brian and the Group last year and got some pretty good pictures.

Best wishes,

Mannie