After the smoke cleared and the cannon fire quieted, the Union and Confederate soldiers went back to their jobs as accountants and mechanics and plumbers after last weekend’s Battle of Funkstown re-enactment.
This group of dedicated volunteers brings history to life in our backyards and builds in us an enthusiasm for their passion.
I feel a sense of sadness as the park becomes devoid of the encampments and goes back to the children playing and running and climbing, oblivious to the recent drama theater that played out on the hills of the park.
I guess it’s a blessing that children can watch the battles with the kind of excitement that is innocent, and no one really gets hurt and the actors get back up and go on.
It’s a reminder of the sacrifice and patriotism and passion felt by the men and women a century and a half ago.
Thank you, Johnny Phillips; thank you Steve, Julio, Carl, Junior, Greg, Col. Grahe, Bobby, Paul, Mark, Wayne and Rich and many others.
The Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co. also played an integral part in the events.
Thank you for clearing your schedule. Thank you for sacrificing your time to share your passion for our history. Thank you for bringing it to life and making it real and tangible. Thank you for letting us be part of our past.