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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.

Friday, March 13, 2009

With the First Corps to Frosttown Gap - September 14, 1862

This slideshow traces part of the path of the Union First Corps as they left Middletown Maryland and approached and fought their way into South Mountain around Frostown. These photos were shot on March 7, 2009. As always, you can slow down the action by double clicking the photos and also see a location where I shot the photo in Google Maps. There has been some discussion lately on the Talk Antietam Yahoo Group on the road network around Turner's Gap. While this may not shed a lot of light on the road network and all the gaps, you get some idea of the nature of this difficult terrain and the challenges faced both by the Union commanders Meade and Hatch and their Confederate counterpart Robert Rodes.

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