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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.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Joseph Poffenberger Barn Restoration

Visitors to Antietam National Battlefield this year are seeing the restoration of the historic Joseph Poffenberger barn on the northern part of the battlefield. The photos taken by me over the past six months, show the work at various stages of progress. This $400,000 effort is being supported by a $10,000 gift from the Save Historic Antietam Foundation. To learn more about the barn restoration, see the article at the SHAF website here.

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