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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.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012


I awoke this morning to find that the combined odometer on my two blogs South From the North Woods (SFTNW) and Antietam Voices (AV), rolled over the 100,000 hits milestone.  These two blogs are something that I have really enjoyed working on over the past four year.  I have many more ideas than I have time to post so I am sad that I don’t get to spend time with my babies like I really want to.  Thanks to the loyal group of friends out there who take the time to look in on SFTNW and AV now and then.  I appreciate the support and interest.  Stay tuned… and just 47 days to the 150th!

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