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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.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Important Trail Addition - SHAF Workday on Saturday

The Save Historical Antietam Foundation (SHAF) workday is this Saturday, October 29th and begins at 9:00 AM.  SHAF is funding and helping to build a walking trail loop off the Final Attack trail to lead up to the stop on the top of the hill where the monuments to the Eighth Connecticut, and Ninth New York, and Rodman mortuary cannon are located.  This important addition to the trail network will allow access to the site without parking on the grass shoulder of Harpers Ferry Road.  Be part of this important work.  It will be greatly appreciated.  Meet at the Antietam Visitor's Center at 9AM.  Bring gloves, water, and dress for the weather.  If there is a steady rain that morning, the event will be cancelled. 

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