FREE event is open to all — with the hope that you will attend with someone from another generation.

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Meet at the historic Newcomer House at Antietam National Battlefield

Newcomer House

18422 Shepherdstown Pike, Keedysville, MD 21756, USA


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The Cadet Conference was founded by Civil War Trust member Bob Briney with a generous donation from his estate.

Battle in Your Backyard

Saturday, June 18 @ 1pm

Newcomer House, Antietam National Battlefield, Maryland

A Generations Cadet Conference

Most Civil War battles occurred on farms, in woodlots and the backyards of peaceful people. At Sharpsburg, Maryland, people had been living life and working their fields for decades until one terrible day when war came to their town and changed it forever.

Join the Civil War Trust and the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area as we experience the life of Civil War civilians before, during and after the Battle of Antietam. Take care of your farm, build a fence, interact with soldiers, and deal with the battle's terrible aftermath—death, disease and destruction—at your house. This program is designed for adults and kids of all ages to share in the experiences and will end with a special discussion between renowned Civil War historian Dennis Frye and his father, John, about sharing your passion for history. As always, our "Cadet Conference" format employs hand-on activities and stresses teamwork, leadership, ethics and responsibility lessons throughout.


  • - The event itself is free and open to all with the hope that you will attend with someone from another generation
  • - Please wear appropriate footwear and be prepared for inclement weather.


Saturday, June 18

  • 1:00 pmMeet at Newcomer House
  • 1:15 pmBefore the battle: fence building, preparing for winter
  • 2:00 pmThe Battle: Soldiers arrive, civilian interactions
  • 2:30 pmAftermath: Civil War Medicine and irreparable damage to your home
  • 3:00 pmPorch Program: sharing your passion with Dennis and John Frye
  • 3:50 pmEvent concludes

Newcomer House

The historic Newcomer House at Antietam National Battlefield is the site of the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area Exhibit and Visitor Center, made possible by a cooperative agreement between the National Park Service and the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. The house was built in the 1780s as part of a prosperous mill complex and is one of the few original homes on the battlefield that is open to the public.

The Newcomer House is located at 18422 Shepherdstown Pike in Keedysville, MD, approximately ½ mile east of Sharpsburg along Maryland Route 34 on the western edge of the Antietam Creek. The house will be open from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Resources at Home

Are you interested in learning a bit with your child, grandchild or friend at home before (or after) the event? Check out these resources:

Battle of Antietam

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