- Jim Rosebrock
- I am a lifelong student of military history with particular interest in the Battle of Antietam. I work for the federal government in Washington DC and have two teenagers who I love very much. I currently volunteer at the battlefield and devote much time to the study of this battle and the Maryland Campaign. I enjoy collecting notable contemporary quotations by and about the men of Antietam. These words often add a degree of color and character not found elsewhere in their stories. A feature of this blog is the presentation of some of these quotes. My perspective comes from a 28 year career in the U.S. Army. Travels took me to World War II battlefields in Europe and the Pacific where American valor ended the tyranny of Nazism and Empire. But our country faced its own greatest challenge 80 years earlier during the Civil War. And it was the critical late summer of 1862, when Robert E. Lee launched the Maryland Campaign that fortune could have gone either way. It is an incredible story of drama, carnage, bravery, and missed opportunities that culminated around the fields and woodlots of peaceful Sharpsburg MD. So join me as I make this journey South from the North Woods.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Antietam at Nine Degrees Fahrenheit Brrrrrr...
I was visiting Antietam National Battlefield yesterday with my new camera and snapped some pictures around the Joseph Poffenberger farm, North Woods, Cornfield Avenue, and the Visitor's Center. They are running in a slideshow in the left column of this blog. You can click on the pictures and get a caption and a map location where I made the shots. The problem with shooting pictures when it is 9 degrees outside and a "gentle" breeze is blowing, is that the fingers rapidly freeze up. I was only good for five or six shots at a time before I had to duck back in the car. Anyway the light was beautiful and I kept at it. I think you will agree that Antietam is one of our nations most pristine parks. Lets all work hard to make sure that it will always stay that way.