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Devil of a day at South Mountain State Park

After completing the Park Quest at South Mountain State Park, I have a new respect for the Civil War soldiers who marched up and down these hills in wool uniforms and without bug spray.

This challenge included a 2-mile, round-trip hike along the Appalachian Trail to Fox Gap, where a general from each side died in the fighting on Sept. 14, 1862.

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"Hell is empty and all the devils are here."

It was said about the bloody battle for a small piece of turf on South Mountain, according to the historic marker at the battlefield's edge.

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The devils would feel right at home on a day like today.

Heading for home now. Friday is another day and four more Quests.

Devil of a day at South Mountain State Park

The monument to Union General Jesse Reno, who died in the battle for South Mountain in 1862.

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