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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.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Branching Out

I have decided to branch out a bit and develop a blog/website devoted to the core of my Civil War interests. That is the quotes that I am collecting by and about the men of the Maryland Campaign. This blog is called Antietam Voices. It is not entirely coincidental that this effort coincides with the start of the New Year. I have had some time these past few days to think about what I want to do here. Unlike this blog where the focus has evolved into a more general look at the Maryland Campaign, AntietamVoices will be organized and devoted to the quotations that I have collected, some 1,000 of them and growing literally daily. Another focus here will be my executive leadership training programs. In talking with Antietam Rangers Mannie Gentile and John Hoptak, who have encouraged me on this project, this seems to be a good way to organize my stuff. I also talked with Harry Smeltzer at Bull Runnings who uses WordPress. This is the format/platform that I will use for Antietam Voices. South From the North Woods isnt going anywhere. But my new site is in a state of evolution, not revolution. It will be awhile before you will see what I am trying to develop. Stay with me and hopefully enjoy the development of this project. And Happy New Year to everyone.


  1. Jim,

    I eagerly await you latest effort. Happy New Year, happy new project!


  2. Thanks Mannie,
    I am very excited about it and look forward to developing it this year. Thank you for your guidance on the subject.