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Carroll Community College Hosts Civil War Symposium for the First Time

Release Date: 10/12/2012

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CONTACT: Sylvia Blair
Executive Assistant to the President
Carroll Community College
410-386-8411

Carroll Community College Hosts Civil War Symposium for the First Time

Westminster, Md., —On Saturday, Oct. 27 from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m., Carroll Community College will for the first time present Antietam: The Bloodiest Single Day in American History. The event will be held in room K100. The cost is $45 for Maryland residents, plus out-of-county and out-of-state fees as applicable.

Background
Explore the events of Sept. 17, 1862 as the armies of Robert E. Lee and George B. McClellan fought to the death on the banks of Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg.

The Confederate States of America pinned its hopes for independence on the Army of Northern Virginia. All summer the tattered legions of Lee’s army pushed the Union forces from one battlefield to another and Lee’s army seemed to be on the verge of total victory.

However, the battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) would hold the Southern tide back and allow Abraham Lincoln to turn the war from one of stopping secession to a holy crusade to abolish slavery.

Program Schedule
Explore the consequences and implications of this seminal battle through presentations, discussions, exhibits and demonstrations.

8:15 – 9:15 a.m.
Check-in

Sign-in, pick up your packet and join us for a full breakfast.

  • Historical Photography Exhibit
  • View and ponder the stark Brady photographs of the battlefield as well as photographs of individuals who fought in or influenced the battle.
  • Display of small arms
  • Learn about different types of Civil War firearms including smoothbore muskets, rifled muskets, rifles and carbines.

9:15 – 10:45 a.m. 
Welcome and Introductions The Battle of Antietam: How the Army of Northern Virginia Survived
Presenter: David Booz

Booz is a passionate educator and Civil War historian of over 45 years, and a favorite instructor at Carroll, who frequently presents to groups interested in the Civil War. He teaches Civil War classes at Gettysburg College and is very active in the North-South Skirmish Association. He holds several advanced degrees and has authored articles on McNeill’s Rangers and the Second United States Sharpshooters.

11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Short-term and Long-term Effects of the Battle of Antietam
Presenters: Booz, Greg Clemmer, Dr. Robert Young

Clemmer has a master’s degree in Military History and is the author of five books including “Valor in Gray.” His biography, “Old Alleghany,” won the Douglas Southall Freeman Book Prize for 2005. A seasoned lecturer, Clemmer has spoken at the Smithsonian Institution, the University of Virginia, and on several radio and TV shows.

Young, a favorite history professor at Carroll for 12 years, is the author of “Senator James Murray Mason: Defender of the Old South.” A northerner with a southern specialty at the University of Maryland, he earned a Ph.D. in American Diplomatic History. Young brings a unique perspective and understanding of the Civil War that he loves to share with his students.

12:15 – 1 p.m.
Demonstration of Civil War Cannon & Small Arms (Open field behind the Main building)

Observe the live demonstration of Civil War cannon, smoothbore-muskets, rifled muskets, rifles and carbines. Projectiles will not be fired.

You may register online at www.carrollcc.edu\ instant enrollment. For more information call Continuing Education & Training at 410-386-8100.

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Note to Media: For best response to inquiries, please call Sylvia Blair at 410-386-8411 or e-mail sblair@carrollcc.edu.

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