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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.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

New York Soldier Returns Home (Final)

Here is the U.S. Army video about the return of the New York soldier from the Antietam National Battlefield two weeks ago. My son Jim and I had the honor to be asked to be the Union soldier honor guard for the ceremony. It was quite a privilege.

2 comments:

  1. I thought that was you, Jim! Very moving ceremony; an incredible story.

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  2. Thanks Dylan
    We were very honored to be part of this.
    Regards
    Jim

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