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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.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

2011 Battle Anniversary Schedule

Here is the link to the schedule of activities at Antietam National Battlefield for the 149th anniversary of the battle on the weekend of September 16-18, 2011. Something new that I look forward to on Friday September 16th is a day-long hike that focuses on the prelude to the battle. This is a new program that has not been offered, at least as far as I know. One of my favorite moments is the Morning in the Cornfield Walk which begins at 7AM at tour stop 4. There is something for everyone and I hope to see you there.


  1. Jim, thanks for posting this link. My son is coming with me this year for the anniversary activities. We'll do the Friday walk and then Ted's talk that evening. Saturday we plan on doing the morning walk, but fording the river that afternoon. He's never done that. Hope to see you there.
    Ron Dickey

  2. Ron,
    I hope to see you there. I am doing the Friday walk for sure but have at least one private tour booked on Saturday and it is doubtful that I can wade the river though that is lots of fun. Regards