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Antietam Remembrance Walk planning underway

By Staff | Apr 13, 2012

The organizers of Shepherdstown 250 and Sharpsburg Heritage Festival are pleased to announce a joint event for the two towns and their contribution to the Sesquicentennial commemoration of the Battle of Antietam. “Antietam Remembrance Walk: from Sharpsburg to Shepherdstown” will join the towns in ceremonies and walk to remember and honor those who fought at the Battle of Antietam and all of those who opened their homes following the battle to care for the wounded and dying.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam and the 250th birthday of the signing of the charter incorporating the town of Shepherdstown. Organizers from both organizations have begun the planning for the Sept. 16, 2012 event.

The walk will commence from at the site of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s tent headquarters on MD Route 34 west of Sharpsburg. After the opening ceremony, participants will follow Route 34 across the Potomac River bridge and wind through the Shepherd University campus to the walk’s end at Shepherdstown Town Hall.

Organizers are hoping those who walk will include many of the Civil War re-enactors who will be in Washington County to participate in the various activities planned for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam which is Sept. 17.

The three-mile walk is free and open to all. Organizers welcome Civil War re-enactors to participate. Pre-registration forms will soon be available online. To request more information go to www.Shepherdstown250.com.