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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, January 20, 2011

The Recent Unpleasantness

Please take a look at a new blog that recently premiered on the blogosphere called The Recent Unpleasantness.

The author is Kyle Wichtendahl. I have known Kyle for years and can attest to his lifelong interest in the the Civil War. Kyle is a devoted researcher and reenactor. In his own words, Kyle’s objective here is to “attempt to follow the events of the conflict as they unfolded on a daily basis, 150 years to the date. It is not intended as an authoritative or highly academic work, but as a personal exercise. I hope that examining occurrences in real time can lend a perspective that is enlightening and helpful in developing a more intimate connection to the people and events that rocked and restored the American Republic.”

Kyle’s first post focuses on the secession of Georgia from the Union. I know Kyle’s posts will be informative and thought provoking to everyone who has an interest in Civil War history.

I wish him well in this endeavor and have added his blog to my favorites list.

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