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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 teenagers who I love very much. I currently volunteer at the battlefield 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. These words often add a degree of color and character not found elsewhere in their stories. A feature of this blog is the presentation of some of these quotes. 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 that fortune could have gone either way. 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, September 18, 2009

Civil War Battles and Battlefields

My friend Steven Mynes has a great blog that documents his visits to Civil War battlefields. It is called Civil War Battles and Battlefields. I ran into Steve at the battlefield hikes at Antietam on September 17th. He has an excellent post here on the early morning hike around the Cornfield. At the left is a photo by Alexander Gardner of the D.R. Miller farm house which is located west of the Cornfield. Take a moment to look over Steve's blog.

3 comments:

  1. Jim, it was a pleasure to meet both you and Steve yesterday! I appreciate the tips on the 4th U.S. Artillery that supported the Iron Brigade; I have also enjoyed discovering your blog and catching up on your unique perspectives. Hope to see you on the field again sometime soon! -Dylan

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  2. Jim, it was a pleasure to meet both you and Steve yesterday! I appreciate the tips on the 4th U.S. Artillery that supported the Iron Brigade; I have also enjoyed discovering your blog and catching up on your unique perspectives. Hope to see you on the field again sometime soon! -Dylan

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  3. Same here Dylan. Looking forward to seeing you again.
    Regards
    Jim

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