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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, July 1, 2011

A New Blog - Pennsylvania Emergency Men

Fellow Antietam volunteer Dave Maher just started a new blog called Pennsylvania Emergency Men. It is the story of the Pennsylvania Emergency Militia, and that state's response to the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia's invasions of 1862 and 1863. Dave has already written several very informative posts and I look forward to following his blog with great interest. Take a look at this blog here. Like me, Dave volunteers on Sundays and you will often find him out on the field somewhere as a battlefield ambassador. Best of luck to you Dave in this new endeavor. As I learned in one of Dave's posts, many of the emergency militia who enrolled during the Gettysburg campaign of 1863 were members of recently discharged nine month regiments like the 125th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry whose monument at Antietam is shown at the left.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Jim!
    speaking of the 125th:
    Gov. Curtin actually gave Col. Higgins command of all militia in the vicinity of Holidaysburg, PA, in '63, and he oversaw the construction of entrenchments in the gaps above Everett, PA in Bedford County.