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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.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Soldier Found At Antietam to Be Buried in Saratoga New York

Here is an article that appeared on September 4, 2009 in the Albany Times Union by staff writer Dennis Yusko detailing the burial of the New York soldier found in the Cornfield last October. According to the article, the New York Army National Guard, National Park Service and U.S. Veterans Administration plan to bury the soldier's remains on September 17, 2009 the 147th anniversary of the battle. Don Roy, director of the New York Military Force Honor Guard, will retrieve the remains from Antietam on September. 15. They will stay overnight at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. On September 16, the coffin will be taken to the State Military Museum in Saratoga Spring New York where the Saratoga cemetery's Honor Guard and 125th NYVI will guard it. The coffin will remain on public display through the evening. The next day, a procession will bring the soldier's remains to the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery for interment with full military honors set for 10 a.m. September 17. The soldier will become the first unknown soldier buried in that cemetery.

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  1. We live in upstate NY, about 30 miles from the National Cemetery at Saratoga and are also frequent visitors at Antietam. We were privileged to attend the vigil at the NY Military Museum on the evening of September 16, 2009 and the very moving internment ceremony at the gravesite on the anniversary of the battle, September 17, 2009. As I write I am again moved at the response of the community for this young man who perished 147 years ago in the fields and woods of Antietam. There was standing room only, an escort by dozens of Patriot Guard riders. Lots filled with vehicles overflowing out to and on the streets leading into the National Cemetery and moving words spoken, including those from New York adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Joseph J Tauluto. We could but wonder what a 19 year old from 1862 might have thought had he been able to see it 147 years after his sacrifice.

    Warren & Pat LeGere
    Albany, NY 09/17/09

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