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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, August 21, 2009

2009 Antietam National Battlefield Anniversary Schedule of Events and Hikes

Appearing at the top left column of this blog are links to the National Park Service's recently released schedule of events and hikes for Battle Anniversary Week running from Friday, September 11 through Thursday, September 17. This posting will reside there until the conclusion of the week of events. For your convenience, the event link is also available here and the hike link is here. I hope to see many of you there sometime during the anniversary week programs.


  1. A note of thanks for the demonstration today. A good show, and enjoyable history.

    A fellow artilleryman

  2. My thanks to you. Hope to see you on the field again.