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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, January 17, 2009

Antietam at Nine Degrees Fahrenheit Brrrrrr...

I was visiting Antietam National Battlefield yesterday with my new camera and snapped some pictures around the Joseph Poffenberger farm, North Woods, Cornfield Avenue, and the Visitor's Center. They are running in a slideshow in the left column of this blog. You can click on the pictures and get a caption and a map location where I made the shots. The problem with shooting pictures when it is 9 degrees outside and a "gentle" breeze is blowing, is that the fingers rapidly freeze up. I was only good for five or six shots at a time before I had to duck back in the car. Anyway the light was beautiful and I kept at it. I think you will agree that Antietam is one of our nations most pristine parks. Lets all work hard to make sure that it will always stay that way.


  1. Wow... I learned more about the actual scope and terrain from your excellent pics than I have from reading more than 30 books on this battle. Thanks for including the directional info... where you shot from, and in which direction..it helps immensely in understanding what went on, and the ground involved.
    Nice to see how open and well-preserved the battlefield is. I knew from books that the ground was hilly, but never realized just how hilly, and how those pretty big changes in elevation came into play until seeing your pics.
    Well done, sir.... and thanks. G. Van Ess, Green Bay, Wi.

  2. Mr. Van Ess
    I am very pleased that you found the pictures useful. With the leaves gone, this is a great time to take photos because you can see the underlying terrain more clearly. I will be out there often so look forward to more of the same. I dare say that the temps around Sharpsburg yesterday are more typical of winter up your way! Again, thanks for your kind comments.


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