Battle of Funkstown re-creates 1863 Civil War battle
FUNKSTOWN — An entire weekend will be dedicated to the remembrance of a historical period, known as the Battle of Funkstown, which took place in July of 1863.
The Day in the Park/Battle of Funkstown event will feature free entertainment, food, and a fireworks display sponsored by The Town of Funkstown, and will be Saturday, July 15, and Sunday, July 16, in the town.
The event highlights the battle between the Confederate and Union soldiers, which resulted in an estimation of 475 causalities during the battle, according to Rich Gaver, a Funkstown councilman and one of the organizers of the event.
He said that although some people have mixed feelings about the battle’s connection with the Confederates, he emphasized that the facts of the event will always remain as such.
“I know a lot of people are upset about the Confederate flag, but you can’t change history. History will always be history,” Gaver said. “There will always be casualties such as from World War II and the extermination of the Jews, but no matter how much you think it’s a bad thing — and I agree it is — it’s still there.”
He described A Day in the Park as a “leisure day,” which will consist of car shows and craft vendors, which will be scattered throughout the west section of the park off of Maple Street
At 9 a.m. Saturday, there will be foraging in town by the troops for food. All excess food not used by the re-enactors will be donated to the St Paul’s food bank.
At 10 a.m. the street battle will begin and will run about an hour on Main Street.
Between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., food will be sold by the Funkstown Fire Co., Funkstown Lions Club, and the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at pavilion No. 3 in the lower area next to the ball field off of Robert Kline Way.
Car show registration is from noon to 2 p.m; the car show will be from 2 to 4 p.m. in the west section of the park off of Maple Street. Winners will be announced at 4 p.m. and proceeds will benefit Funkstown BSA Troop 23.
The Rededication of the Henry Harp Memorial will begin at 1 p.m. in the west section of the park near the car show.
Afterward, The Battle of Funkstown re-enactment will begin at 4 p.m. in the east section of the park off of Robert Kline Way, followed by fireworks provided by Master Displays Limited at dusk.
Gaver said what makes this event special is that the reenactment will take place on the original battleground where the soldiers fought.
“We try to portray this as close to the actual event as we can. That’s one of the reasons why the re-enactors like it so much is that most of those battlegrounds are now sacred grounds for them because that’s where it actually happened,” Gaver said.
Gaver said that there will be around 300 and 400 re-enactors who will act out scenes from the battle.
The weekend will wrap up on Sunday, July 16, when Funkstown Fire Co. will sell breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m.
A Civil War period church service will be held at the east pavilion at 10 a.m. and at 1 p.m. the final field battle will begin in the east section of the park.
Typically, the event attracts around 3,000 people, according to Gaver.
He also said that while it is difficult to find a park that will allow a re-enactment to take place, he wants attendees to know the re-enactors all work hard to deliver a realistic show and that the event is something the entire family can enjoy.
“There’s something for everybody there,” Gaver said.
If you go…WHAT: Day in the Park/Battle of FunkstownWHEN: 9 a.m. Saturday, July 15, and 7 a.m. Sunday, July 16WHERE: Town of FunkstownCOST: Free admissionCONTACT: Go to funkstown.com/special-events/day-in-the-park
- 9 a.m. — Foraging in town
- 10 a.m. — Street battle
- 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Food sold at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
- Noon to 2 p.m. — Registration for car show
- 1 p.m. — Rededication of Henry Harp Memorial
- 2 to 4 p.m. — Car show
- 4 p.m. — Winners announced for car show
- 4 p.m. — Battle of Funkstown re-enactment
- Dusk — Fireworks
- 7 to 11 a.m. — Funkstown Fire Co. breakfast
- 10 a.m. — Civil War period church service
- 1 p.m. — Final field battle