View Full Version : Antietam Memorial Illumination

11-02-2006, 11:05 AM
On Saturday December 2, 2006, the Antietam National Battlefield is having its annual memorial illumination.

As I have done in the past, I have been asked to gather together a group of living historians to participate in this program. Honoring of those soldiers who fell during the Battle of Antietam over 23,000 candles will be lit. In the event of poor weather, the Illumination will be rescheduled for Saturday, December 9, 2006.

I need around 10-15 CS and 10-15 US participants to help out. We will be provided with firewood and will provide a backdrop for those who come to visit this moving program.

If you have never attended, seeing 23,000 lights scatered accross the landscape truly brings home the sacrifice made on that sacred soil.

Impressions for both sides will be generic 1862, and be sure to bring an overcoat if you have one. We will rally at 4pm at the Visitors Center for inspection and assignments.

Please contact me at ltcolcsa@hotmail.com if you can help.


11-26-2006, 09:03 AM
Chris, thank you for helping out with this event! I wish that I could attend and help out, but unfortunately, I have to work. But I just wanted to say this is the most visually awesome and moving sight related to the Civil War! Until you see it, you can't imagine how it will just grab you emotionally. It is overpowering and probably the best example of the sacrifices these men made at this battle and others. I highly recommend this to every reenactor, living historian, and all americans. This is a very popular event, and the cars start lining up before dark to get in, so bring drinks and snacks with you. It is well worth it!

John Mayer

12-03-2006, 10:14 AM
Boy did that evening ever put that battle into perspective for me. This was my first time spending the evening out there, and you couldn't have asked for a better night. Having the chance to go up in the tower at the end of bloody lane and seeing candles across the whole landscape made me feel like I was looking down on a city from a mountain top.

If any of you have ever thought about participating but haven't yet you need to next year it is well worth it.