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Civil War Weekend Set In Williamsport

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WILLIAMSPORT, Md. (AP) — Civil War hobbyists are heading for the western Maryland town of Williamsport to recall the Confederate retreat from Gettysburg, Pa., 148 years ago.

The events begin Friday evening with a musical performance. On Saturday, there will be lectures, music, demonstrations and walking tours.

The event marks the anniversary of a 10-day occupation of Williamsport while the Southerners rebuilt a pontoon bridge across the Potomac River that Union soldiers had destroyed.

Organizers say the Confederate column included a wagon train 17 miles long that carried wounded soldiers from the Battle of Gettysburg.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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