As part of the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area’s 2017 Porch Program Series, singer and storyteller Matthew Dodd will entertain visitors on the porch of the Newcomer House on the Antietam National Battlefield; the same day as the park’s Salute to Independence. Dressed in period soldier’s clothing, Matthew Dodd takes listeners back in time to feel what it was like to be a soldier, civilian, loved-one-at-home or escaped slave in the Civil War Era. Through period songs, excerpts from actual letters, and anecdotes Matthew evokes the feelings and passions of that pivotal era of American history.
Since 1986 the Maryland Symphony Orchestra has presented a free Salute to Independence concert at Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg, Maryland. Held on the first Saturday of July, the Salute has been billed as Maryland’s Most Patriotic Event. The evening concert attracts nearly 30,000 people from all over and is capped off by a spectacular fireworks display, one of the largest in the region.
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