Antietam superintendent hanging up his hat

Soon after John Howard became superintendent of Antietam National Battlefield during the summer of 1995, he said he was living a dream.
“It’s still a dream come true,” Howard said Monday, sitting in his office at Antietam National Cemetery.
As a “young buck ranger” 37 years ago, Howard never dreamed he’d one day oversee one of the [...]

Two local research teams honored by Civil War medicine museum

The National Museum of Civil War Medicine honored two research groups from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command during its annual fundraising dinner.
The third annual Maj. Jonathan Letterman Medical Excellence Award dinner, the museum’s largest fundraiser of the year, drew out about 130 people to honor two innovative advances in military medicine with [...]

Talk on Md.’s Civil War divisions coming to SU

Virginians were with the Confederacy, Delawareans with the Union. Marylanders? It depended on the soldier.
Dr. Thomas Clemens speaks on Maryland’s position as a border state in the 19th century conflict during “Rebel Heels and Northern Scum: Maryland’s Role in the Civil War” 7 p.m. Thursday, November 4. His talk is in the Wicomico Room of [...]

Boonville Civil War Commission to host cemetery walks

The  Boonville Civil War Commemorative Commission plans to host living history tours over the weekend at cemeteries throughout Boonville.
The Tour of the Graves starts Saturday, as part of  a year long sesquicentennial commemoration of the First Battle of Boonville. The event starts at 1 p.m. with a plaque dedication at Sunset Hills Cemetery and will [...]

Hayes Center site of Battle of South Mountain re-enactment

Cannon and rifle fire will ring out over the usually peaceful wooded sanctuary of Spiegel Grove this weekend during the annual Hayes Presidential Center Civil War Reenactment.
Hundreds of Union and Confederate re-enactors, mostly from Ohio and Michigan, come to the event Saturday and Sunday to re-create the Battle of South Mountain, fought over three mountain [...]

Gate House Museum kicks off Civil War series

A small sewing needle began Sherry Hartman’s fascination with Civil War history, she said.
As a child, Hartman found herself wondering about the construction of the bell-like skirts common to women of the mid-to-late 19th century, she told a crowd Sunday afternoon at Sykesville’s Gate House Museum.

Hagerstown Community College professor gives Civil War lecture

Hagerstown Community College professor and Civil War historian Thomas Clemens will give a Civil War lecture on Sun., Oct. 10, beginning at 2:30 p.m., at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown.
Clemens’ presentation will focus on the work of Ezra A. Carman, a Union colonel in the 13th New Jersey Infantry, who was [...]

Maryland battlefield gets new visitor center

A new Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area Exhibit and Visitor Center opened Tuesday in the Newcomer House on Antietam National Battlefield.
The center will promote visitor opportunities in the three Maryland counties of the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area — Carroll, Frederick and Washington.

Service marks fighting at Dunker Church during Battle of Antietam

Before the Battle of Antietam during the Civil War, members of the Dunker Church congregation would have seen the smoke on nearby South Mountain from the battles raging there, organizers of a service at the church said Sunday.
It was not so much of a question about whether the war would come to them, but when [...]

Park ranger’s educational work: ‘It’s what I do’

Like a superhero, John Miller spends much of his time trying to right wrongs.
Battling misconceptions about the Civil War, the South Mountain Battlefield historian, interpreter and seasonal park ranger said working closely with people is a better way to educate them than presenting classic re-enactments.