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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.

Monday, April 18, 2011

New Blog: Our Country's Fiery Ordeal


Check out Antietam seasonal ranger Dan Vermilya's new blog Our Country's Fiery Ordeal here. I have added Dan's blog to my list on the right.

I got to know Dan last year when he started working at the park. He is a serious student of Civil War history and of the Battle of Antietam in particular. I think you will find his perspectives interesting and instructive. I look forward to working with Dan again this summer and wish him the best on this endeavor. The picture at the left is from Dan's photo collection.

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