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Antietam illumination inspires documentary

Wednesday - 5/8/2013, 5:52pm  ET

SHARPSBURG, Md. - A Maryland producer hopes an online campaign will help him fund a documentary about annual Antietam National Battlefield Memorial Illumination.

Michael Wicklein recently started a campaign to raise $23,110 to help fund the documentary through the website Kickstarter. The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown reports (http://bit.ly/13yIK6e ) that "Gods and Generals" author Jeff Shaara announced this week that he plans to match up to $5,000 in contributions to help fund the documentary.

Wicklein hopes to finish early next year after filming the 25th annual illumination. During the December event, volunteers place 23,000 luminarias at the battlefield to represent the casualties from the bloodiest single-day battle on American soil.

If the money isn't raised by May 24, the project won't receive any pledges and Wicklein says it could take longer to complete.

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Information from: The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Md., http://www.herald-mail.com


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