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In Maryland, thousands of German-Americans are attending a three day "Schutzen Fest" held in Baltimore

 The German Target Shooting Festival, Baltimore, Maryland, August 21-23, 1865, artist's impression
08/21/1865 to 08/23/1865
Seeking to emulate the popular "Saengerfests" of German-speaking choirs, the German-American shooting club in Baltimore, Maryland invited other such clubs around the country to a "German Target Festival" in the city.  The "Schutzen Fest" was an unexpected success, drawing crowds of up to 60,000 people during the three days.  A reported 5000 shots were fired, celebrations held, and prizes won and awarded.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
"The German Target Festival in Baltimore," Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, September 16, 1865, p.413.