Antietam's Big Day on Friday
ANTIETAM’S BIG DAY ON FRIDAY
President To Speak—Governors To Attend—Elaborate Program, On The Battlefield
In addition to the President of the United States, at least ten Governors and Representatives and a score of veterans of the War between the States will gather at the historic Antietam (Md.) battlefield Friday for the exercises marking the 75th anniversary of the famous conflict.
Governors coming include Bibbs Graves, of Alabama; Fred P. Cone, of Florida; Harry M. Nice, of Maryland; Lloyd C. Stark, of Missouri; Roy L. Cochrane, of Nebraska; Harold Hoffman, of New Jersey; Governor General Blanton Winship, of Puerto Rico; former Governor Earl Brewer, of Mississippi, as well as their wives, staffs and military attaches; also representatives of other governors. They have been attending the Governors' Conference in Atlantic City, and were luncheon guests Thursday of President Roosevelt at the White House in Washington. They will be guests Thursday evening at an informal dinner at Hotel Alexander, Hagerstown, Md. Later in the evening the distinguished visitors, will witness the spectacular pageant, "On Wings of Time," at the exposition grounds.
With the arrival of veterans, from the North and the South and the scheduled visit of the governors, Sharpsburg has taken on a festive air in preparation for the exercise marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam Friday.
A highlight of the day will be the visit of President Franklin D. Roosevelt who will motor from Washington shortly before noon and remain at the battlefield about one hour. He will deliver a brief address. Governors will escort the President to the battlefield.
The United States Army Band will be on hand to furnish music during the day.
About 1:30 o'clock, the reenactment of the Bloody Lane phase of Battle of Antietam will get under way. Major Joseph W. Byron, chairman of the Military committee of the National Antietam Commemoration, will describe the battle over a public address system.
Unveiling At 4.30 P. M.
Unveiling of the Memorial Bench and presentation of Flags were to take place at 4.30 Thursday afternoon. Miss Sallie L. Powell, president of Shepherdstown U. D. C, was to be on the program, presenting the Confederate battle flag, and the Rev. J. C. B. McLaughlin, chaplain of Henry Kyd Douglas Camp, S. C. V., was to pronounce the benediction.
Special busses will be operated out of Hagerstown to Sharpsburg for the Friday program, but only regular busses will ply between this city and Hagerstown, Md., chiefly the one leaving here at 9.30 a. m.
Following the reminder at Antietam, the outstanding event will be dedication of the Confederate Memorial in Elmwood Cemetery, Shepherdstown, Saturday after noon at 2 o'clock. The exercises will be under the auspices of Henry Kyd Douglas Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Used with permission of the Martinsburg Journal-News
Western Maryland Room, Washington County Free Library.
Antietam, Battle of, Md., 1862: Centennial celebrations, etc
Washington County (Md.), 1937.