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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 young adult children who I love very much. I currently volunteer at Antietam 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. Since 2013 I have been conducting in depth research on the regular artillery companies of the Union Army and their leaders. I hope to turn this into a book on this subject in the future. 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. 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.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

My Quote Count

I just updated my quote count. For those not familiar with my blog, as I read books, I highlight noteworthy quotes and add them to a spreadsheet. I now have 328 quotes made by or about the men you see to the left of this blog post. This week, most are new Stonewall Jackson quotes. I am reading James Robinson's terrific biography on the great Stonewall. Its been around a number of years but it is a great read and I dare say a fair appraisal of Jackson. I have also read Mr. Robinson's great biography on A.P. Hill. I enjoy his work because of the extensive quotations that he has by and about his subjects. Both are important additions to your library if you like civil war biographies like I do.

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