The 150th Anniversaries have a way of drawing a crowd

From my files on Antietam, here the group photo from Antietam 147th Anniversary hikes:

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Probably about 80 folks. there in 2009.

Compare to the group photo from the 150th, this year:

Yep. Officially at 585. But several stragglers showed up after we got to the cornfield and pushed that over 600. Give or take a few.

As Robert wrote, there’s quite a number of us actively following the sesquicentennial.

While out at the Antietam 150th hikes, I finally got to meet Scott Manning. Although not a “Civil War blogger”… perhaps more of a general military history blogger… give me some time to work on him. He’s got a great post up covering the day’s activities. If you didn’t attend those hikes… well … you’ll have to work that much harder for your sesquicentennial certification!

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2 responses to “The 150th Anniversaries have a way of drawing a crowd

  1. Craig, the size of the crowds we are seeing at recent commemorative events is startling, gratifying, and yes, even validating.. As you know–since you posted on the event–we recently had a ceremony at Tinpot Run Ford near Rappahannock Station (Remington) commemorating the “flight to freedom” of slaves escaping bondage as captured in an O’Sullivan image (1862). Event organizers were pleasantly shocked that more than 250 people (!) showed up early in the morning at a remote river bottom to honor these courageous “contrabands.” And it was the first Civil War event most of us have attended where the majority of the crowd were African Americans! How gratifying, indeed!

    May this healthy trend continue of fulsome attendance at our 150th events… And after the Sesquicentennial is over, we may well look around at future Civil War events and observe new friends that were introduced to “our war” by these ongoing 150th celebrations..

    We must hope so.. Because it is a fact we need new blood to help us save ever-threatened Civil War battlefields…

    Clark B. Hall

  2. This was my first sesquicentennial event on a battlefield, yet I’ve been on dozens of battlefields this year. Figure that one out! I attended a march in Philly last year where Lincoln, Douglass, and Meade reenactors spoke, along with the Philly mayor. Attendance was impressive. Yet, since then, I have seen countless reports and blog posts about the meager turnouts to these events. After the Antietam experience, I was very encouraged. Folks were there in droves. I heard one ranger state that he had never seen that many people on the battlefield.

    And Craig, “general military history blogger”?! Why don’t you just paint a scarlet A on me!