Thousands at Antietam Exercises
Hagerstown, September 18, 1937
THOUSANDS AT ANTIETAM EXERCISES
Appeal For Reorganization Of Court Renewed
Call is made by President for Reform
Address is made to Mark Anniversary of Constitution
Raising of Living Standards Sought
Crisis in American Affairs Demands Action He Says
Veteran Delayed by Train Wrecks
Traveling alone all the way from Birmingham Alabama, John W. Comb 90, Confederate veteran, finally arrived in Hagerstown last evening after experiencing two train wrecks on the way
Cumb got off at the Antietam station near the battlefield yesterday afternoon too late to witness the sham battle. He was taken to the battlefield office and later brought to Hagerstown through the efforts of Tom Lay, historian at the battlefield. Cumb, after meeting some of the veterans here, was taken to see the pageant.
The Alabama veteran served in the 22nd Virginia Regiment during the war. He said he left Birmingham about a week ago for Antietam.
CHOCHOW IS TAKEN BY JAPANESE ARMY
NATIONAL GUARDSMEN RE-ENACT BATTLE OF ANTIETAM
Picture of the re-enactment.
ROOSEVELT SPEAKS TO VAST AUDIENCE; BATTLE RE-ENACTED
President Says Nation is Not Only Acting but Thinking in National Terms - Sectionalism has Ended, Chief Executive Asserts
President Roosevelt commemorated the 75th anniversary of the bloody battle of Antietam at Antietam yesterday with a speech commending the nation for "not acting but also thinking in national terms" under his administration.
The Chief Executive, introduced at the commemorative exercises by Senator Tydings (D-MD) was the leading speaker from a platform in the midst of the famous battlefield.
He had just driven from a steady rain in Washington to clear weather as he approached the battle site.
A 21 gun salute boomed out for the President as his car drove onto the battlefield at Bloody Lane where most of the lives were lost in America's bloodiest single day of battle.
Morning Herald, Hagerstown
Herald-Mail Company, Hagerstown
The photo shows a strange flag. Flags were designed specifically for this event since no military man would fire on the Stars and Stripes, even in a re-enactment.
Used with permission of the Herald Mail company, from microfilm at Washington County Free Library.
By that afternoon, the Hagerstown Daily Mail had reduced their coverage to a small photo of FDR and had a banner headline "British warship attacked by warplane, Jap shells imperiling American sector"
Washington County Free Library.
Antietam, Battle of, Md., 1862: Centennial celebrations, etc
Washington County (Md.), 1937.