Official Muster CivilWarTalk Antietam Muster 2021 (Oct 8-10)

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CivilWarTalk Antietam Muster 2021

Weekend of October 8th, 9th, and 10th - 2021


If you're interested in going to this event, please RSVP in the module at the top of the thread! Get your RSVP in before September 17th!

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Thursday, October 7th​: (Early Arrivals Optional)

1:00 pm – Check in Time​



Friday, October 8th​: (optional)

Morning Side Trip​

Friday, October 8th​ (Regular Arrivals)
12:00 pmOfficial Kickoff: CWT Fall Muster – Gather in War Room!
12:30 pm – Head to Harpers Ferry National Park.​
Here are some audio presentations about Harpers Ferry​
Put on your most comfortable walking shoes! Harpers Ferry is very up and downhill.​
3:30 or 4:00 pm – A member presentation?​
6:30 pm – Dinner – TBA​



Saturday, October 9, 2021

7:00 am – Breakfast in our CWT War Room. Antietam Movie​
8:00 am – Leave hotel.​
It will take 45 minutes to get from Charles Town to Antietam.
We get to Antietam for 8:45, use the porta potties, pay park fees in the trailer they will have set up, look around a bit in the book store and Stephen will join us for 9:30.​
9:30 am – Antietam NP All Day. We will be doing a number of major tour stops all day.​
Stephen Recker, THE Antietam tour guide is booked for 3 hours and will be leading us. I don’t have the full itinerary from him yet.​

12:30 – Box Lunch from Captain Benders.
We will also plan on going over to the Pry House. This was closed for all of 2020. I’m currently ascertaining if it is going to be open by Autumn. This was McClellan’s Headquarters, Lincoln visited it, and it was a field hospital. Very important place. On our way back to Sharpsburg is the National Cemetery.​
I would LOVE a member presentation on the National Cemetery.​
Nutters – Finish off at Nutters for ice cream before we head back to Charles Town for a bit of a rest, freshen up and then the member dinner.​
As always, we want and look forward to member presentations on any of the subjects here!​
This is a big park – very pristine battlefield - and is spread out so there will be a lot of driving.​
7:00 pm – Dinner - TBD​



Sunday, October 10th

7:00 am – Gather in our CWT War Room for breakfast​
Presentation – looking for member presentations​
9:30 am – Head into Charles Town, which was named after George Washington’s younger brother. Who knew he had a brother?​
Jefferson County Courthouse still stands where the trial of John Brown was held.​
Presentation on this by anyone?​
1:00 pm – Return to hotel, say our goodbyes, checkout and go home.​



Sunday Afternoon Side Trip

Fredricksburg – National Museum of Civil War Medicine​
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[INFORMATION=Host Hotel: Hampton Inn & Suites and Home2 Suites]

Charles Town, WV
(Hampton) 304-725-2200

There are 25 double queen rooms on hold for us that weekend with some set aside for handicap accessible. The rates for people coming in early are: Wednesday and Thursday nights, $109.00 (plus tax) and Friday and Saturday nights, $139.00 (plus tax). Sunday and Monday nights go back to $109.00 (plus tax). These rates are as discounted as they get.

We also have a "War Room" set aside BUT at this current time (February - 2021), only 10 people are allowed in it, preferably masked. That may change by Fall as Covid conditions change.

Of course, while things are starting to look good and I had a long talk with the events coordinator about it, things are subject to change at a moments notice because of Covid. Currently West Virginia has the BEST vaccine rollout rate in the nation.

When making the reservations, please state that you are with the CivilWarTalk Antietam Muster. If there is any problem with that, please refer the booking clerk to Tara Orndorff, Director of Sales, and she will straighten them out at the front desk.

Tara also wanted this link to be included in this notice to CivilWarTalk Members on what the Hilton Company is doing to make the rooms clean and safe for our stay.

https://www.hilton.com/en/corporate/cleanstay/

The safety and security of our guests and team members remain our highest priority, and Home2 Suites and Hampton Inn & Suites Charles Town remain diligent in our commitment to provide a safe, hospitable environment for all who enter our doors.
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Some previous discussions about this muster have been archived here:
https://civilwartalk.com/threads/civilwartalk-antietam-muster-2021-archived-discussions.184035/
 
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James N.

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We land at Dulles in the evening and plan on heading South to Manassas for our 1st night, so hopefully the D.C traffic shouldn't affect us too much.
That's what I mean by depending on the time/schedule. I remember it being much better when I flew in the '90's there for a Shenandoah Valley vacation, but last time it seemed much worse. A few years ago I spent two or three days in the D.C. area and at times it wasn't TOO bad, but I got caught once or twice in mid-afternoon on the Beltway in a crawling traffic snarl.
 

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Is that better than BWI in Baltimore? Never flown into either or been to Antietam.
Several years ago, I flew into & out of BWI for a trip to Gettysburg. It seemed okay to me.
Another time I flew for businesss to a facility not very far from Dulles Airport but I flew in & out of Regan Airport. Of course, I was flying 1st Class Cargo with FedEx.
 

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We land at Dulles in the evening and plan on heading South to Manassas for our 1st night, so hopefully the D.C traffic shouldn't affect us too much.
I landed in Dulles in 2019 in the afternoon (though until I was finally through customs it was already evening) and headed down to Manassas for my 1st night as well. I honestly can't remember how bad or good the traffic was (I just followed my GPS's directions), but it didn't take me overly long from the car rental station to the hotel so I guess it was okay. (And just looking at my travel plan from 2019 I noted down 14 miles from the airport to the hotel.) And there's a shuttle to the car rental station from the airport which was relatively easy to find too.
 

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Anyone flying, if you can get a deal to PIT that may be an option as well. It’s about 2.5-3 hrs drive but the drive is along the old national road.
The Old National Road is worth driving. I try to do part of it each time I down there. It certainly makes me feel historical to think I’m on the road where the covered wagons were.
 

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For the moment - Let’s not turn this into the airport thread please - I‘m trying to edit the schedule but I need Mike’s help with it.

The two main airports for coming into the area are BWI and Dulles. I HIGHLY recommend, for most people, flying into BWI and heading west. You will find your trip much quicker than leaving Dulles in the afternoon. I, personally, use BWI - ALL THE TIME. BWI is a hub for Southwest Airlines.

If you can get a deal to fly into PIT and use the Old National Road to head South, that is a fun thing to do. I believe Delta uses PIT, but don’t hold me to it.

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That's what I mean by depending on the time/schedule. I remember it being much better when I flew in the '90's there for a Shenandoah Valley vacation, but last time it seemed much worse. A few years ago I spent two or three days in the D.C. area and at times it wasn't TOO bad, but I got caught once or twice in mid-afternoon on the Beltway in a crawling traffic snarl.
I hate and avoid that Suicide Circle.
 

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We land at Dulles in the evening and plan on heading South to Manassas for our 1st night, so hopefully the D.C traffic shouldn't affect us too much.
It's just a straight shot South when you Exit Dulles Airport onto Route 28 to Manassas, unless your hotel is close to Interstate I-66.

In any event, I predict that the majority of Federal Employees and Contractors will continue to be teleworking from home come October. The traffic will be heavy but nothing like it was prior to the COVID outbreak.
 

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I'm planning to join you all for some of the adventure, but since I live just an hour I probably will skip staying at the hotel as I bark too much after sundown.

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Do you have cost information for the muster besides the cost of the hotel, such as for programs? I realize the museums and National Parks would be pay as you go. Thank you.
The guide for the morning, other than the park entrance fee which I believe is $20.00 per person, is being covered by another member as a present to everyone going on the muster.

At this time, there are other things in the works that will be revealed as we go along.

Side trips, are up to each person because different people will want to go to different places - some are free and some are not. Those are for people coming in early, before the actual Muster (Friday at noon to Sunday at noon) and staying a day or two later.
 

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The guide for the morning, other than the park entrance fee which I believe is $20.00 per person, is being covered by another member as a present to everyone going on the muster.
FYI: Park Entrance Fee is $10.00 per individual or $20.00 per carload. I recommend the annual and lifetime park passes, if you don't have one already. But I wouldn't mind if you gave the Park more rather than less :smile:

Admission free for Veterans and Gold Star family members. See the Park Service announcement.
 
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The guide for the morning, other than the park entrance fee which I believe is $20.00 per person, is being covered by another member as a present to everyone going on the muster.

At this time, there are other things in the works that will be revealed as we go along.

Side trips, are up to each person because different people will want to go to different places - some are free and some are not. Those are for people coming in early, before the actual Muster (Friday at noon to Sunday at noon) and staying a day or two later.
Thank you that is helpful. I have never been to one before. If we rsvp can we change later if needed?
 

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I plan on making the trip, not only to visit with my CWT friends, and tour the battlefield, but to also attend the Dept. of Interior's Fish and Wildlife museum just across the Potomac River in W. Virginia outside of Shepherdstown. Who knew they had a museum(?), but it's also a training center for their conservation officer candidates.

My grandfather was Chief of Law Enforcement for the Fish and Wildlife Service in the late 1940's/early 1950's. Since I am the family historian, (and the only one in my family who care about things like this), I have a couple of large boxes of newspaper clippings, arrest records, letters & more etc. of my grandfathers papers (and his uniform) from his time working for the Fish and Wildlife service. I want to donate all of this to the museum. Perhaps someone will one day write a history of the Fish and Wildlife service and some of these records might be of use. I also have his gold badge but they ain't getten it.

I'll also bring a couple of boxes of Civil War magazines from the late 80's/early 90's to give away. I'd rather give them away than through them away. I'll be driving from Missouri in my rv and may head up to Southeast Pennsylvania to do a little family genealogy after our meet and greet is over.

I'm looking forward to the trip.

Alrighty then, seeing as you and rebel brit plan to travel halfway around the world (LOL), it would be a shame to miss the opportunity to get the Games and Miniatures 'band' together! On faith that current rather touch and go circumstances must improve with time, I will circle Oct 9 on the calendar and plan to make a mere four-hour drive (which doesn't involve getting near DC to boot). As with the Gettysburg meeting years ago, I would likely meet the group on the battlefield for the Saturday.
 
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