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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.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

My Quote Count (and other stuff).

On the left side of this blog, I have added a list of the people who I have collected quotations on, either made by them personally, or made about them by their contemporaries. As the number of quotes and people quoted increase, I will update this count on a weekly basis (give or take). Also, I will try to add a new “quote of the day” every day. Today I moved George McClellan's quote off and added one about A.P. Hill. On a less frequent basis I hope to post a quote with more detailed background and discussion every week or so. This will be a regular feature in my blog. Finally, the pictures that accompany each post are taken around Antietam National Battlefield as I am out and about on my volunteering days. Thanks to those of you already who are encouraging me and providing me with your suggestions.


  1. Hey Jim where are the quotes?

    John C. Nicholas

  2. Hi John
    The quote count is just the number of quotes that I have collected in my database. Each week, I add a few more as I transcribe them from books I am reading. I would like to link the names on my list to their set of quotes but havent found a way to do that yet. Anyone out there who has any ideas, I am all ears. See you at the park John!