- Jim Rosebrock
- 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.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
"Give it to 'em! Drive em! Take anything on my place only drive 'em! Drive 'em" William Roulette
Here is a short video that I shot at the Roulette Farm looking south toward the Sunken Road. It was taken during the Irish Brigade hike at Antietam National Battlefield on March 14 2009. This is the route taken by much of William French's division of Sumner's Second Corps. Union soldiers from near this position may very well have heard these words of encouragement by Mr. Roulette as he emerged from his cellar that morning. The quote is found in Unfurl Those Colors by Marion V. Armstrong (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2008). Other photos of the hike will appear in a future post.