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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

Winter Views of the Cornfield

Winter offers some extra special views of Antietam Battlefield. These photos taken the weekend of January 24th when I was volunteering at the Park, show different views of the Cornfield, mostly from points along Smoketown Road. What is often striking is the lay of the land. We often think of farm fields as very flat with no significant terrain features. Yet when you look at these photos, you can easily see the rolling nature of the land. One technical point...the photos appear to scroll quickly here. If you doubleclick on the slide show, you can watch them at your own pace. Also by doubleclicking, you can see a google map location where I actually took the shot.

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