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Fort Frederick State Park Hosts 150th Anniversary Civil War Event

Historic Fort Frederick will take visitors on a journey back in time with Picketing the Potomac─ Retreat from Antietam, an event to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. The program will feature volunteer reenactors portraying both soldiers and civilians from the American Civil War, taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 6 and 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on October 7.

“This event will help visitors understand the tragedy of the American Civil war on a more personal level,” said Park Ranger Rob Ambrose. “We will also explain that the war was not all large battles but many small skirmishes, which helped set the stage for the major events of the period.”

Highlights of the event, for both days, include:

Children’s Drill, 11:30 a.m. 
Presentation on Fort Frederick in the Civil War, 12 p.m.
Military Tactical Drills, 1 p.m.
12th Illinois Cavalry Presentation, 2 p.m.

The American Civil War, which was fought between 1861 and 1865, permanently changed the course of the history of the United States. Fort Frederick was the scene of military activity on numerous occasions, including a skirmish fought between Union and Confederate forces on Christmas Day 1861. Union soldiers were camped at “Old Fort Frederick” to protect the C&O Canal as well as Potomac River crossings from Confederates forces.

There is a service charge of $3 per vehicle for Maryland residents and $5 per vehicle for non-residents. Disabled access is available for this event; however, most of the event activities are situated on grassy areas that may present difficult rolls or walks. Gifts, souvenirs, and snacks will be available for purchase at Captain Wort’s Sutler Shop.

Fort Frederick State Park is located off of Route 70, exit 12 at State Route 56 in Big Pool. More information is available at 301-842-2155 during the office hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.