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Dueling re-enactments of Civil War's Battle of Antietam

If you’re intrigued by battle re-enactments, you’ll want to know about the dueling re-enactments of the Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest day of the Civil War. Monday is the 150th anniversary of the battle — also known as the Battle of Sharpsburg — in which more than 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing. The re-enactment is the biggest Civil War event of 2012, attracting 8,000 participants. But here’s the interesting part: the participants are divided between two re-enactments, one last weekend, one this coming weekend, with distinctly different styles. Last weekend’s event featured the sticklers for historical accuracy. The upcoming event features re-enactors more interested in putting on a show for spectators. Click here for a report on the two events. If you’re interested in going to this weekend’s re-enactment, click here.

Photo: A Union officer, center, leads his troops during a Civil War re-enactment of the Battle of Antietam last weekend. Credit: AP Photo/The Herald-Mail, Kevin G. Gilbert