Civil War Symposium

Antietam: The Bloodiest Single Day in American History

Heart of the Civil War - 150th AnniversaryExplore the events of Sept. 17, 1862 as the armies of Robert E. Lee and George B. McClellan fought to the death on the banks of Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg.

The Confederate States of America pinned its hopes for independence on the Army of Northern Virginia. All summer the tattered legions of Lee’s army pushed the Union forces from one battlefield to another and Lee’s army seemed to be on the verge of total victory.

However, the battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) would hold the Southern tide back and allow Abraham Lincoln to turn the war from one of stopping secession to a holy crusade to abolish slavery.


Saturday, Oct. 27
8:15 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Program Schedule

Register online today! For more information call Continuing Education & Training at 410-386-8100.


Program Schedule

Explore the consequences and implications of this seminal battle through presentation, discussion, exhibit and demonstration. All activities take place in K100.


8:15 – 9:15 a.m.

  • Check-in
    Sign-in, pick up your packet and join us for a full breakfast.
  • Historical Photography Exhibit
    View and ponder the stark Brady photographs of the battlefield as well as photographs of individuals who fought in or influenced the battle.
  • Display of Small Arms
    Learn about different types of Civil War firearms including smoothbore muskets, rifled muskets, rifles and carbines.


9:15 – 10:45 a.m.

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • The Battle of Antietam: How the Army of Northern Virginia Survived
    David Booz

    Revisit the hard-fought campaign of Antietam though the examination of logistics, troop placement and actual fighting of this bloodiest of battles. For the first time in American history, the aftermath of this battle would be photographed showing the horrors of war, a stark contrast to today’s beautiful serene well preserved battlefield. Using photographs to graphically tell the tale, experience the moving stories of individuals and famous units and learn how this battle reverberates even to this present day.

    David Booz is a passionate educator and Civil War historian of over 45 years, and a favorite instructor at Carroll, who frequently presents to groups interested in the Civil War. He teaches Civil War classes at Gettysburg College and is very active in the North-South Skirmish Association. He holds several advanced degrees and has authored articles on McNeill’s Rangers and the 2nd United States Sharpshooters.

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

  • Panel Discussion:Short Term and Long Term Effects of the Battle of Antietam
    David Booz, Gregg Clemmer, Dr. Robert Young

    Antietam, or Sharpsburg, has always been recognized for its horror and bloodshed, but the battle has a far greater significance. Hear our panelists discuss the military and political aspects of the battle and the far-reaching impact of Antietam, which includes diplomatic implications and the Emancipation Proclamation. Join in the debate with your questions and comments about how this battle continues to influence us.

Gregg Clemmer has a M.A. in Military History and is the author of five books including “Valor in Gray.” His biography, “Old Alleghany,” won the Douglas Southall Freeman Book Prize for 2005. A seasoned lecturer, Clemmer has spoken at the Smithsonian Institution, the University of Virginia, and on several radio and TV shows.

Dr. Robert Young, a favorite history professor at Carroll for 12 years, is the author of “Senator James Murray Mason: Defender of the Old South.” A northerner with a southern specialty at the University of Maryland, he earned a Ph.D. in American Diplomatic History. Dr. Young brings a unique perspective and understanding of the Civil War that he loves to share with his students.


12:15 – 1 p.m.

  • Demonstration of Civil War Cannon & Small Arms
    (Open field behind the Main building)

    Observe the live demonstration of Civil War cannon, smoothbore-muskets, rifled muskets, rifles and carbines. Projectiles will not be fired.


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