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Antietam could be 2nd largest Civil War re-enactment

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  • Andy Mills
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 9, 2002
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      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
      Dennis Frye.

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