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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.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

2500 Quotes and 34 Books Later

A lot of great Civil War book lists are appearing here in the blogosphere at this time of year. Eric Wittenberg and Glenn LaFantasie have their Top 12, and John Hoptak is previewing new books coming out in 2011. As I approach the second anniversary of this blog, I recently added the 2,500th quote to my database. I thought it might be interesting to display a list of the 34 books that I read over the past two years from where I took many of my quotes.

Combined Operations in the Civil War

By Rowena Reed. 1 quote

Shanks The Life and Wars of General Nathan G. Evans, CSA

By Jason H. Silverman; Samuel N. Thomas; Beverly D. Evans.. 4 quotes

A Matter of Hours - Treason at Harper's Ferry

By Paul R. Teetor. 5 quotes

Blue and Gray Diplomacy

By Howard Jones. 6 quotes

West Pointers in the Civil War

By Wayne Wei-siang Hsieh. 6 quotes

A Gallant Little Army

By Timothy Johnson. 7 quotes

No Disgrace to My Country: The Life of John C. Tidball

By Eugene Tidball. 9 quotes

On Hallowed Ground: The Story of Arlington Cemetery

By Robert M. Poole. 14 quotes

A Guide to the Antietam Farmsteads

By Kevin Walker. 20 quotes

Sealed with Their Lives The Battle of Crampton's Gap

By Timothy J. Reese. 20 quotes

Fighting Joe Hooker

By Walter Hebert. 22 quotes

George Gordon Meade and the War in the East

By Ethan S. Rafuse. 26 quotes

Our Boys Did Nobly

By John Hoptak. 38 quotes

The Mexican War Diary and Correspondence of George B. McClellan by George B. McClellan. Thomas W. Cutrer editor. 39 quotes

Antietam: Essays on the 1862 Maryland Campaign

Edited By Gary Gallagher. 42 quotes

George B McClellan: the Young Napoleon

By Stephen W. Sears. 46 quotes

Maryland Campaign of 1862 and Its Aftermath (Civil War Regiments : A Journal of the American Civil War, Vol 6, No 2

Mark A. Snell editor 48 quotes

Maryland Campaign of 1862 Volume 1

Thomas Clemens editor. 50 quotes

Mr. Lincoln's Army

By Bruce Catton. 50 quotes

Recollections of a Confederate Staff Officer

By Moxley Sorrel. 58 quotes

General A.P. Hill The Story of a Confederate Warrior

By James I. Robertson. 62 quotes

Antietam: The Maryland Campaign of 1862: Essays on Union and Confederate Leadership (Civil War Regiments, Vol 5, No 3)

Snell, Mark A editor. 64 quotes

How the North Won

By Herman Hattaway, and Archer Jones. 70 quotes

Counter Thrust: From the Peninsula to the Antietam

By Benjamin Franklin Cooling. 71 quotes

General John Pope A Life for the Nation

By Peter Cozzens. 73 quotes

Taken at the Flood

By Joseph Harsh. 83 quotes

Lee's Maverick General: Daniel Harvey Hill

By Hal Bridges. 95 quotes

Reading the Man - A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Through His Private Letters

By Elizabeth Brown-Pryor Elizabeth. 97 quotes

Commander of all Lincolns Armies A Life of Henry Halleck

By John Marszalek. 99 quotes

Until Antietam The Life and Letters of Major General Israel B. Richardson

Jack C. Mason. 99 quotes

A Diary of Battle: The Personal Journals of Colonel Charles S. Wainwright 1861-1865

By Allen Nevinst. 135 quotes

Stonewall Jackson - The Man The Soldier The Legend

By James I. Robertson. 170 quotes

Cavalryman of the Lost Cause Jeb Stuart

By Jeffry Wert. 246 quotes

The Antietam Campaign (Military Campaigns of the Civil War

Gary Gallagher, editor. 325 quotes

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