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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.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Our Boys Did Nobly by John Hoptak

Today, I picked up my copy of John Hoptak's new book Our Boys Did Nobly - Schuylkill County Pennsylvania, Soldiers at the Battles of South Mountain and Antietam. John, a ranger at Antietam National Battlefield, is a tremendously gifted writer and the author of several other Civil War histories. As a volunteer at the park, I have gotten to know him well over the past two years. The book is turning out to be a great read and while the focus is on three Pennsylvania regiments with roots in John's hometown of Schuylkill County, it does a great job as well in narrating the overall story of the Maryland Campaign and these two pivotal battles. John's command of the subject matter is impressive and he tells the story in in a compelling but readable style. I will have more to say about it soon but get your copy today. It is at the Antietam Bookstore and available here at Amazon.com.

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