South Mountain 150th Events

Tracey McIntire passed along an addition to the busy September schedule. Tracey pointed out several events marking the 150th anniversary of the Battle of South Mountain, spread out between Burkittsville, Middletown and Fox’s Gap. These are hosted by the Sesquicentennial Committee for the Maryland Campaign:

September 11 (7 – 9 pm) In the Wake of War Walking Tour – Burkittsville. Tours start and finish at the South Mountain Heritage Society, 3 East Main Street, Burkittsville, Maryland. The last tour departs at 9 pm.

September 12 (7 – 9 pm) In the Wake of War Walking Tour – Middletown. Tours begin and end at the Middletown Valley Historical Society, 305 West Main Street, Middletown, Maryland. The last tour departs at 8 pm.

September 14

Battle of South Mountain Memorial Service at 10:00 am at the South Mountain Heritage Society (former German Reformed Church) located at the South Mountain Heritage Society, Three East Main Street in Burkittsville. Held in remembrance of those who gave their lives on the battlefields of South Mountain and will feature a Color guard, reading of letters from the battle, and music played on the church’s historic 1862 pipe organ. Rev. James Moss will deliver a short message based on surviving Civil War era sermons. This is a free event, but reservations are required due to limited seating. Reserve seats for memorial service and walking tours in Burkittsville by contacting or calling 240-818-1610.

Walking tours (12 noon – 6 pm) Middletown and Burkittsville. Last tours depart at 6 pm in Burkittsville and 5 pm in Middletown.

Book Signing (4 – 7 pm) Brian Jordan, author of Unholy Sabbath: The Battle of South Mountain in History and Memory, September 14, 1862. Located at Zion Lutheran Church on Main Street.

Story-telling, After the Guns Fell Silent (7 – 8 pm) Master Storyteller Kathleen Rudesill will share stories around a campfire about the residents at Fox’s Gap during the time of the battle and about soldiers in the Maryland Campaign of 1862. Please allow a half hour to arrive and leave the site by shuttle. Tickets are $5.00 per person and can be purchased at the Middletown Valley Historical Society.

Illumination at Fox’s Gap (8 – 9:30 pm) Walk along a path of seven hundred luminaries paying tribute to the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Battle of South Mountain. Taps will be sounded at 9:30 pm at the close of the ceremony.

Parking for events in Burkittsville are available at the South Mountain Heritage Society with additional parking available at the Burkittsville Ruritan Club located at 500 East Main Street with a $1.00 donation requested to benefit the Ruritan. A complimentary shuttle will be available from the Ruritan Club to the South Mountain Heritage Society.

Parking for the walking tours in Middletown and shuttle to events at Fox’s Gap will be available in the Middletown municipal parking lot located at 200 West Main Street, Middletown. A complimentary shuttle will transport attendees along the Historic National Road to and from the event locations at Fox’s Gap.

There is a cost for the walking tour of $10.00 per person which includes a commemorative program featuring facts and history of the towns and specific sites related to the Battle of South Mountain. Tickets can be reserved by emailing or Payment methods include cash or check.

All events are hosted rain or shine. These events are hosted by the South Mountain Sesquicentennial Committee. For more information on the walking tours, storytelling and illumination, please visit the event website at

Middletown and Burkittsville are conveniently located one hour from Washington, D.C., thirty-five minutes from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and is easily accessible from I-70 or US 340.

Yes, September will be a busy month.

Published by Craig Swain

"Historical marker hunter" and Civil War enthusiast.

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