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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.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Renovations at the Joseph Poffenberger Farm

Today I enjoyed a beautiful late fall day volunteering at Antietam National Battlefield. This year from my battlefield ambassador post in the North Woods, I have observed the renovations of the Joseph Poffenberger Farm as they progress. My hat is off the the tremendous workmanship and skill of the men and women from the Cultural Resources and Maintenance Divisions at Antietam who are doing this important work. Here are several photos taken as the renovation progressed and photos of the property as it looks now. All the pictures were taken at various times this year. The first two are photos taken of the farm from the intersection of Mansfield Avenue and Dunker Church Road looking northeast. The first was taken on January 16, and the second was taken today. The next two are of the house. They were taken on May 31, and today. The Save Historic Antietam Foundation (SHAF) contributed $10,000 towards the renovations of the farm house. The next four are of the barn in various stages of dis-assembly and reconstruction. The pictures were taken on April 18, May 31, June 21, and today. Finally the last two of the farm are taken from the southern fence of Miller's Cornfield. They were taken on April 12 and today. I have several other posts in the works and hope to get back on a regular routine soon. For now, enjoy these photos and the beauty of this great place.

4 comments:

  1. Jim,
    I just came across your site and saw your comments on Israel Richardson. I hope you find the book interesting. Do you work for the National Park Service? I wonder if you found the book at the Antietam book store. Ted Alexander, who works at for the Park Service there was a big help to me.
    - Jack C. Mason

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  2. Thanks Jack. I am a volunteer at the Park and also one of the licensed battlefield guides. I know Ted very well. The book is currently not available in the store but I am hoping that they will carry it soon as it is an important addition to the scholarship of the battle and it is a long overdue biography of Israel Richardson. I am enjoying the book and plan to review it at some point in the near future. Regards Jim

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  3. Thanks, Jim, for posting these progress photos.

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  4. Your welcome Jim. See you at the park!

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