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The Aftermath of Antietam: Honoring Soldiers, Caring for Veterans

Program Number: 19412RJ
Start and End Dates:
11/29/2012 - 12/2/2012;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Sharpsburg, Maryland
Price starting at: $444.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture; National Parks Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 8; 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt    

In 1862, the Battle of Antietam became a legendary event in the history of the Civil War — and remains the single bloodiest day in American history. Learn how the war’s battles proved an invaluable learning tool in the development of modern field medicine during visits to the National Museum of Civil War Medicine and the Pry House Field Hospital Museum.




Highlights

• Get an in-depth look into this period’s contributions to modern medicine and veteran affairs with certified Civil War experts.
• Further examine contemporary veteran issues and ways we may honor veterans with several presenters.
• Visit Antietam National Battlefield to view its annual tribute to fallen heroes — more than 23,000 luminaries lit in memory of each casualty on that historic day.



Activity Particulars

Walking less than one mile a day; some uneven grassy areas in National Cemeteries.



Coordinated by Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center.




Sharpsburg

Sharpsburg lies east of the Potomac River near one of its tributaries, Antietam Creek, made famous by the pivotal Battle of Antietam during the American Civil War. Sharpsburg is part of Maryland’s Washington County, which attracts history fans with its numerous Civil War sites and nature buffs with its many national, state and local parks.



Accommodations
Modern lodge with pavilion, fireplace and natural spring; alcohol prohibited.
Meals and Lodgings
   Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center
  Sharpsburg, MD 3 nights
 Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Situated at mile 83 along the C&O national park canal towpath, Shepherd's Spring has 220 acres of woodland and rolling meadows. Hiking trails and a natural spring are on the property. We are one of few host sites in the nation for a Heifer International Global Village.
  Contact info: 16869 Taylors Landing Road
Sharpsburg, MD 21782 USA
phone: 301-223-8193
web: www.shepherdsspring.org
  Room amenities: Rooms are simple and comfortable and include a luggage rack, dresser, desk, chair, and futon. Telephone and television are available in the common areas but not in rooms. Each room has its own private bathroom along with individually controlled heating and air conditioning. Linens are provided, though there is no maid service during the program.
  Facility amenities: Comfortable rooms, with the distraction of TV and telephones only in the common areas. A free basic wireless internet access is available in the common area also. Free parking available on site.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $45/ room Call ahead for availability at (301) 223-8193
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $45/ room Call ahead for availability at (301) 223-8193
  Check out time: 1:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
1 - 3 pm registration You will be staying at Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center that night.
  End of Program:
10 am - following breakfast & wrap up session You will be staying at Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Rooming form
  Parking availability:
Free parking available at the conference center
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Sharpsburg, MD
  Nearest city or town:  Blair, MD
  Nearest highway: Interstates 81 and 70
  Nearest airport:  Hagerstown (limited service) BWI, IAD, Reagan National
  From End of Program
  Location: Sharpsburg, MD
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Sharpsburg

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Shepherd's Spring
phone: 301-223-8193
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$75, discounts for additional persons
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 1/2 

 

Distance:

 

75 miles

   

Airport transportation provided to and from BWI, IAD, and Washington Reagan. Regional airport at Hagerstown, MD transportation available for $20 per person. Please call ahead to schedule pick-up service. 301-223-8193

 

Sharpsburg

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Shepherd's Spring
phone: 301-223-8193

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$20
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

12 miles

   

Greyhound Bus terminal in Hagerstown, MD. Please call ahead to schedule pick-up . 301-223-8193

 

Sharpsburg

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Shepherd's Spring
phone: 301-223-8193

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$40
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

40 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

30 miles

   

AMTRAK service to Martinsburg, WV. Please call ahead to schedule pick-up. 301-223-8193 An alternative is to use AMTRAK service into Washington, DC, then local METRO train to Shady Grove station for pickup by our shuttle. Same cost.

 
Driving Directions
  From Pennsylvania Travel South on I-81 to I-70 East, to Rt. 65 South. Then follow the above directions from where it says "Travel South on Rt. 65 for 7.1 miles..."
  From Virginia - East Take I-495 to 270N to Frederick. Take I-70 W to Route 65, and then follow above directions from where it says "Travel South on Rt. 65 for 7.1 miles..."
  From Virginia- West Go North on I-81 to I-70 east, to Rt. 65, and then follow directions below from where it says "Travel South on Rt. 65 for 7.1 miles..."
  from Baltimore/ Washington Area Take I-70 West to the Route 65 interchange in Hagerstown (Exit 29.) Travel South on Route 65 for 7.1 miles to Taylors Landing Road - turn right onto Taylors Landing Rd. and drive 2.2 miles. You will cross a railroad track, pass houses, and then veer to the right. Stay on Taylors Landing Road. Drive along side a dry canal bed, and eventually cross a small creek. Pass 2 houses on the left, continue to the top of the hill. Look for a big sign on the left that says "Shepherd's Spring, Outdoor Ministry Center, Church of the Brethren." Turn left into the paved driveway. The lodge is 7/10th of a mile from the end of the driveway.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: After Check-In and Orientation enjoy songs of comfort from the Civil War era performed by a local musician. Then see the arms and equipment of the Civil War soldier as presented by local re-enactors.
(Thursday, November 29)
   
 Arrive To: CHECK IN: You may check from 1:00-3:00pm.

PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you get your room assignment, please come over to the Road Scholar desk in the conference center lobby to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet containing the most up-to-date schedule and program information that we’ll review during our orientation session.

ORIENTATION: Begins at 3:00pm. You'll have an informative overview of the program schedule plus an opportunity to meet the program staff and your fellow participants during an introductory get-acquainted session. We’ll review the updated schedule, answer any questions you may have, and discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, and emergency procedures.

After a weary day of travel find your own comfort in one of the many ways soldiers have on the eve of battle (or during one of the many other hardships they face) as we listen songs of comfort and home. A live performance by a local musician will be held after the orientation. The song selection will include music from the era of the Civil War.

 Dinner: Enjoy a buffet style dinner with full salad bar and delicious dessert. The spacious Dining Hall provides a panoramic view of fields, surrounding woods, and often wildife. The meals prepared by our exceptional food service staff include vegetarian options and other choices appropriate to our global community.
 Evening: EVENING PROGRAM: Caring for soldiers and veterans should not just be an afterthought. See how soldiers of the Civil War were prepared for batlle and life at camp as local re-enactors talk about the arms and equipment of a Civl War soldier. A hands on presentation and questions session allows participants to see, feel, and better understand the lives of the common Civil War soldier.
   
Accommodations: Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: See Antietam Battlefield itself then travel to the National Museum for Civil War Medicine (NMCWM)*. Enjoy a presentation by the staff from the NMCWM in the evening. * The National Museum of Health and Medicine may be selected as an alternate to the NMCWM
(Friday, November 30)

Note: Riding in a vehicle for an hour at a time. Walking and standing in and out of doors.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast in the Dining Hall with choices of hot entrees, cereal, and fresh fruit.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP & PRESENTATION: We will begin the morning with a brief exploration of Antietam Battlefield. Seeing the battlefield firsthand and learning of the hardships the men faced. Afterwards we will head to Frederick, MD across South Mountain to the National Museum of Civil War Medicine (Note: An alternate museum, the National Museum of Health and Medicine, may be selected at the discretion of the program provider)
 Lunch: We'll have lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: See how the carnage of the Civil War brought about improvements of medical care at the National Civil War Medicine Museum (Note: An alternate museum, the National Museum of Health and Medicine, may be selected at the discretion of the program provider). This museum covers the care for Civil War soldiers from the frontlines to rehabilitation with exhibits on modern day care for soldiers. Participants are free to peruse the museum on their own or go with one of the musuems docents.
 Dinner: Enjoy a buffet style dinner with full salad bar in the Dining Hall of the conference center.
 Evening: PRESENTATION: Learn about the civilian reponse to soldiers in need during a presentation by staff of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. The museum is the premier center for the preservation and research of the legacy of Civil War medical innovation. Our nation's most devastating conflict led to organizations, medicine, and other developments that would come to aid generations of people into this millenium.
   
Accommodations: Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Pry House Field Hospital Museum, Antietam National Cemetery, Programs for Returning Veterans, Luminary Service.
(Saturday, December 1)

Note: Riding in a vehicle for an hour at a time. Walking and standing in and out of doors.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast in the Dining Hall with choices of hot entrees, cereal, and fresh fruit.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Pry House Field Hospital Museum at Antietam, part of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine whose motto is “Divided by Conflict, United by Compassion. you’Here you'll discover further details about field medicine as it was practiced in the Battle of Antietam. Pry House includes a re-creation of an operating theater, interpretive panels and objects relating to the care of wounded, and the effects of the War on civilian population in the area. It is a story of care and healing, courage and devotion amidst the death and destruction of war. It is also a story of major advances that changed medicine forever.

FIELD TRIP: Antietam National Cemetery commemorates the bloodiest one-day battle in American history that resulted in 23,000 casualties (those killed, wounded or missing) after twelve hours of savage combat on September 17, 1862. The Battle of Antietam ended the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia’s first invasion into the North and led to Abraham Lincoln’s issuance of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. The National Cemetery system was created due to the vast casualties of the Civil War. We will not only learn about the aftermath of Antietam itself but the way in which the fallen are honored on these hollowed grounds.

 Lunch: Enjoy lunch in our dining room, with hot entrees, salad bar, and dessert.
 Afternoon: PRESENTATION: Returning veterans sometimes have trouble reentering the lives they left behind. The church that is affiliated with our facility has started a program in order to help those returning from service readjust to life at home. We will have a presentation from one of its coordinators.

Another way of honoring veterans is hearing and respecting the stories they have to tell of us of their service. Hear one such story from a veteran about his tour of service and his new life back home. Feel free to ask questions, but please be respectful of the soldeir's experience.

 Dinner: Enjoy a banquet style dinner in the Shepherd's Spring dining room
 Evening: MEMORIAL ILLUMINATION: This evening we remember the 23,000 casualties (killed, wounded, or missing) in one day of battle at Antietam on September 17, 1862. Working in teams, more than a thousand volunteers place 23,000 luminaries around the battlefield. Our motorcoach will take you through the park to view the Memorial Illumination with brief solemn commentary en route. It is a way of not only honoring those who fought at Antietam but a way of honoring those who continue to fight for a nation and cause they believe in. (PLEASE NOTE: The national park service may decide to cancel this luminary service due to severe or inclement weather, while this does not often occur it is a possibility.)
   
Accommodations: Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: A presentation by the World War One Memorial Foundation, and a time to share your own involvement with serving the needs of soldiers either as a veteran, a caretaker, or in another capacity.
(Sunday, December 2)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast in the Dining Hall with choices of hot entrees, cereal, and fresh fruit.
 Morning: CLOSING SESSION: The program concludes with a presentation by the World War One Memorial Foundation, created by the recently passed veteran Frank Buckles. He had been the last living American veteran of the Great War. This foundation continues his cause to gain a fitting honor on the National Mall for those who served with him for their country and the world during the first World War. An invite to honor any veterans in attendance by letting them share their stories will conclude the program. Conference center check-out is 10:00.

   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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Suggested Reading List


Glorious Contentment: the Grand Army of the Republic, 1865-1900


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Description: The Grand Army of the Republic was the most powerful single-issue political lobby of the late nineteenth century. Stuart McConnell examines this influential association during its years of greatest strength.



A Woman of Honor: Dr. Mary E. Walker and the Civil War


Author: Mercedes Graf


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Roads to Antietam


Author: John Schildt


Description: The story of the armies marching to battle in September 1862 and what that experience was like for the men in the ranks and the civilians along the routes. Clouds of dust, marching men, the rumble of wagons, and the late summer heat and haze added to the noise and confusion of hundreds of units snaking their way up from Virginia and the camps around Washington, DC. Soldiers from the North and South wondered where they were going as they marched along the roads of Maryland. None of them could anticipate their bloody meeting in the fields around Sharpsburg, MD on the banks of Antietam Creek. This book depicts the feelings and actions of those who participated in those stirring events of the Maryland Campaign





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