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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.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Visit the New Antietam Blog - Walking the West Woods

My good friend and fellow Antietam volunteer Jim Buchanan recently created a new blog titled Walking the West Woods. Jim possesses a wealth of information on this area of the battlefield and I look forward to his insightful posts. His scholarly approach and careful analysis will help everyone interested in the Battle of Antietam increase their understanding and appreciation of this important part of the battlefield. So look for Jim anytime at his blog or if you are lucky, see him in person in the West Woods (stop 5 of the driving tour) when you visit the park on Saturdays or Sundays.
The photo to the left was taken on the recent Nicodemus Heights hike on March 22. The view is from Hauser's Ridge looking east. You can see the Philadelphia Brigade Monument surrounded by the trees of the West Woods. If you interest is aroused, visit the park this Sunday, April 5th, and take the Ranger-led hike of the West Woods. This only happens once a year in the spring when it is cool and the vegetation is sparse thereby improving the views. The West Woods hike begins at the New York Monument at 1:15 PM.

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