Central Carroll: Annual commemoration of Corbit's Charge set for June 23-24

Central Carroll: Annual commemoration of Corbit's Charge set for June 23-24
A contingency of Confererate reinactors and followers line up in front of the Carroll County Courthouse during the Battle of Westminster ceremony in 2017. Corbit's Charge will be remembered June 23-24 at Westminster City Hall. (Phil Grout / For Carroll County Times)

The 155th anniversary of Corbit’s Charge — the battle that marks Westminster's 1863 involvement in the Civil War — is commemorated annually in June by the Pipe Creek Civil War Round Table. On Saturday, June 23 and 24, they will host a living history encampment with artillery and infantry demonstrations and Civil War era children’s activities at Westminster City Hall, 1838 Emerald Hill Lane, Westminster.

The event opens at 9 a.m. Saturday with a demonstration on old fashioned wet-plate photography at the encampment. At 11:45 a.m. a parade of Civil War re-enactors will travel from Center Street to the Courthouse for a wreath laying at the Civil War memorial and at the cemetery at Ascension Church on Court Street in Westminster. A memorial service will take place at noon at the Corbit’s Charge monument at 200 Willis St. and a graveside service at 23 N. Court St. will follow at 12:30 p.m.


Tours will include a 1 p.m. tour of Westminster’s historic sites will take place on both Saturday and Sunday. There will be a 2 p.m. tour of the Westminster Cemetery on Saturday. Demonstrations and lectures will take place throughout both days and a 2 p.m. Saturday kid’s activity will show kids what is like to join the army and will be repeated at 11 a.m. on Sunday. At 4 p.m. on Saturday, an artillery demo will bring Westminster City Park to life, followed by a 6 p.m. concert by the Dearest Home Band.

The event reopens at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Look for a 10 a.m. Civil War Church Service, lectures and demos throughout the day, and carriage rides, beginning at 11 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m., just in time for a skirmish with artillery in Westminster City Park.

“One additional feature that I would like to mention is our Junior Historian program,” said Steven Carney, events coordinator for Pipe Creek Civil War Roundtable. “The program is designed for kids and families to get the most out of the event. For the program, the kids will be able to pick up a checklist of activities from our information tent.The checklist will include many activities including — writing with a dip pen, talking with a Civil War surgeon, completing a sewing project, drilling with the infantry or artillery, attending the memorial ceremony, and many more activities.

“Once the kid completes the required number of activities, they can return to the information tent to receive their official Junior historian badge. Last year, many families had so much fun that the kids completed the program on Saturday and then returned to the event on Sunday to complete any activities they did not do the day before. It is a great opportunity for a ‘hands-on’ learning experience that will really stick with the kids for years to come. in many cases the parents learn and have as much fun as the kids do.”

Carney said they will also be announcing the winner of their G. Thomas Legore memorial scholarship award during the event.

“Tom was very instrumental in the formation of the event and the preservation of history throughout the area,” he said.

All are invited to step back in time and get a feel for real Civil War history, and it’s all free.

“We actively work to make history come alive,” Carney said of the event. “We want to teach visitors about our rich local history in the most fun and engaging ways that we can. All of our event staff are volunteers who are passionate about history. [It helps] preserve Carroll County's rich Civil War history and provide some understanding of what life in the area was like during the Civil War. Although the event has been happening for many years, each year, there is something new, different, or exciting for our visitors. That is why many visitors return year after year.”

For more information about this free event, call 443-974-5410.

Vendor Bingo, and volunteers needed for Rita’s Closet

A Vendor Bingo to benefit Rita's Closet will take place on June 22 at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge in Westminster. Vendors will include Paparazzi, Lularoe, Thirty-One, Color Street Nails and Young Living Essential Oils.

Doors open at 5 p.m., with games beginning at 6:30 p.m. Drop in shoppers are welcome as well!

Tamara Medeiros founded Rita’s Closet in 2012 after her 16-year-old daughter, Rita Medeiros lost her life in a vehicle accident, just after purchasing her prom dress. Rita wasn’t able to have her special day, but her mother vowed to help others, as a way to honor her daughter. She formed the nonprofit under the umbrella of the Community Foundation of Carroll County, with help from her husband, Jack.

Rita’s Closet offers free prom dresses to those who cannot afford one and also sells reasonably priced dresses in their shop at the Town Mall of Westminster. Money from sold dresses funds four scholarships annually to graduating high school seniors in Carroll County.

Tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 at the door and will include 20 games with fabulous prizes donated by the vendors. Look for three specials as well, tear-off tickets and food available for purchase.


The FOP Lodge is located at 359 Manchester Road, Westminster.

For more information call 443-487-1323 or visit them on Facebook. Only 75 seats are available.

Medeiros said Rita’s Closet is also in need of volunteers and without them the doors of their shop inside Town Mall of Westminster may close.

“We are open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.,” she said. “The shifts are 9:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. or 3 to 9 p.m. Our manager is Jenny Ryan.”

Please go to to sign up to volunteer. Anyone 15 or over is welcome.

Movie under the stars

On Friday, June 22, St. Mary's UCC in Silver Run will hold a free outdoor movie night, open to all. Guests will be welcomed around 8 p.m., with the movie starting around 8:45 p.m.

Come out and enjoy popcorn and snacks while watching the new Peter Rabbit movie under the stars with family and friends at this historic church.

St. Mary’s United Church of Christ is located at 1441 Mayberry Road in Silver Run.

For more information, call them at 410-346-7977 or visit