A year's worth of planning, more than 13,000 re-enactors and if
the weather's good, approximately 70,000 spectators, will converge
upon the Artz Farm this weekend for what is expected to be the
second-largest Civil War re-enactment.
The largest Civil War re-enactment in North America was 1998's
135th anniversary re-enactment of the Battle of Gettysburg, Pa.,
with 20,000 to 25,000 re-enactors participating.
This weekend's 140th anniversary re-enactment of the Battle of
Antietam could usurp the one held here five years ago to become
the second-largest, organizers said.
Approximately 12,500 to 12,700 re-enactors participated in the
1997 re-enactment on the Artz Farm along Rench Road south of
Hagerstown, organizers said.
More than 13,000 re-enactors have registered for this weekend's
event with approximately 10,000 military re-enactors and about
3,000 civilian re-enactors, said Washington County Planning
Director Robert Arch.
Arch is co-chairman of the event's organizing sponsor, the
Antietam Commemoration Committee.
While the cost of the nonprofit event has not been determined yet,
sponsors have donated more than $250,000 in cash and in-kind
contributions, said Antietam Commemoration Committee Co-chairman
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