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Antietam Battlefield Guide Program – Hardship and Tragedy: The Story of Antietam Farmsteads

Ongoing Opportunities

  • May 23 at 2 PM

On Saturday, May 23rd at 2:00 PM at the Pry House Field Hospital Museum, Antietam Battlefield Guide Chris Vincent will explore the story of some of the families who lived near Sharpsburg and were forever impacted by the Battle of Antietam.

In the late summer of 1862, the small town of Sharpsburg, Maryland had seen little of the Civil War that had been raging for over a year. The town of approximately 1,300 people primarily made a living working the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, nearby ironworks, and on the small farms that dotted the landscape. Everything changed on September 17th, when war was brought to their doorsteps. The Battle of Antietam and its aftermath would change this small community forever by devastating the landscape. Chris Vincent will detail how the Battle impacted local farmers, and how the local civilian population (including the Pry family) recovered.

The presentation begins in the Pry Barn at 2:00 PM and is a pay-what-you-please event. There is a $3.00 suggested donation to tour the Pry House Field Hospital Museum. Members access events and tours for FREE. The Pry House is open from 11 AM to 5 PM Friday through Sunday.

Chris Vincent is a 24-year career Army veteran. He spent most of his time in and around light infantry units like the 10th Mountain Division, the 25th Infantry Division, and the 101st Airborne Division including combat operations during the first Gulf War (Desert Storm) and Kosovo. As a senior non-commissioned officer, Chris held a variety of leadership and staff positions at all levels. He holds an undergraduate degree in History and a Master’s Degree in Military History. After retiring from the military, Chris continued to serve as a defense contractor in the Washington D.C. area. Chris is a volunteer Battlefield Ambassador at the Antietam National Battlefield and an active member of the Save Historic Antietam Foundation. He is the chairperson of the Antietam Battlefield Advisory Committee for the Washington County Board of County Commissioners and the Vice President of the Sharpsburg Historical Society. He currently holds the position of Chief Guide of the Antietam Battlefield Guides.