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Various Events Commemorate Battle of South Mountain

The Maryland Campaign of 1862 Lives Again This Weekend

Visitors to South Mountain State Battlefield can help commemorate the 157th anniversary of the Civil War battle that occurred there, with a series of battlefield hikes, tours, and living-history events Sept. 7-8. 

On both days, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., guests can experience “Fury at Fox’s Gap,” where interpreters, representing both Union and Confederate regiments who fought in the Battle of South Mountain at Fox’s Gap, will be onsite near the Reno Monument. They will conduct infantry drill and firing demonstrations and highlight soldiers accounts of the battle. 

On Saturday at 11 a.m., “The Artillerists Art” program will detail how Civil War artillery personnel practiced their craft. Guests should meet at the upper parking lot at Washington Monument State Park.  

At 1 p.m., visitors can join author and local historian Steven R. Stotelmyer for a hike around the battlefield area. Hikers will visit the monuments dedicated to the men who fought here, including two devoted generals killed during the battle: Union Major General Jesse Reno and Confederate Brigadier General Samuel Garland. Guests will meet at Fox’s Gap on Reno Monument Road.

At 7 p.m., Stotelmyer will discuss his book “Too Useful to Sacrifice,” taking a fresh look at primary sources to re-examine the Maryland Campaign from a military perspective, revisiting the historical account of controversial Gen. George B. McClellan’s accomplishments. Guests meet at Greenbrier State Park visitors center.

On Sunday at 10 a.m., visitors can meet at the upper parking lot at Washington Monument State Park for a two-hour driving tour of the battlefield.

There is no age limit, but participants should be advised there will be opportunities for moderate level hikes and walks, along with standing for extended periods of time.  Youth participants should be supervised by a parent or guardian.

Participants should plan and dress accordingly for the weather. Suggested items to bring for the day are comfortable clothing, water, snacks, insect repellent, and sunscreen.

 More information is available by calling Ranger Michael Burditt at 301-791-4767. The main office for South Mountain State Battlefield is located in Washington Monument State Park.