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150th Anniversary Civil War Event To Be Held At Fort Frederick State Park

Big Pool, Md. (October 31, 2011)Fort Frederick State Park will host “Picketing the Potomac” to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War on November 5 and 6.

The event will feature volunteer reenactors portraying Union and Confederate soldiers and civilians from the American Civil War. Activities include military musters, cannon firing demonstrations, discussions of period uniforms and clothing, medical demonstrations, and everyday life during the period.

The American Civil War, which the North and South fought between 1861 and 1865, permanently changed the course of the history of the United States. The war pitted brother against brother and raged in the Potomac River Valley. Fort Frederick was the scene of military activity on numerous occasions, including a skirmish fought between Union and Confederate forces on Christmas Day 1861. Union soldiers were camped near “Old Fort Frederick” to protect the C&O Canal as well as Potomac River crossings from Confederates forces.

“Picketing the Potomac” activity hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November 5 and 11a.m. to 3 p.m. November 6. Demonstrations presenting a first-hand look at 18th century frontier warfare will be held at 2 p.m. on both days. There is a service charge for this event. Disabled access is available; however, most of the event activities are situated on grassy areas that may present difficult rolls or walks.

Fort Frederick State Park is located off of Interstate 70 at exit 12, Big Pool, Md. Gifts, souvenirs, and snacks will be available for purchase at Captain Wort's Sutler Shop. Several period craftsmen will also be selling their wares. For more information call 301-842-2155.

Maryland’s State Parks not only provide great outdoor recreation for Marylanders and visitors, they are also a great asset to State and local economies. According to a recent study, conducted in partnership with the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, the Maryland Office of Tourism Development and the Maryland Association of Destination Marketing Organizations, Maryland State Parks have an estimated annual economic benefit of more than $650 million. In 2010, visitors directly spent more than $567 million locally — $25.56 locally for every dollar the State invests in State Parks — during their visits. And almost 95 percent of visitors had their expectations met or exceeded during visits.

   October 31, 2011

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