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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, September 10, 2011

September 10, 1862 Voices

Confederate troops moving through Frederick

"their friends were anxious to get rid of them and of the penetrating ammoniacal smell they brought with them."
Lewis H. Steiner September 10 1862
Doctor Steiner of the U.S. Sanitary Commission watches the reaction of the citizens as the Confederate Army left Frederick. 
From Taken at the Flood Robert E. Lee & Confederate Strategy in the Maryland Campaign of 1862 by Jospeh L. Harsh.  Kent:  The Kent State University Press, 1999. page 171


Ambrose Powell Hill
"Donning his coat and sword he mounted his horse and dashed to the front of his troops, and looking like a young eagle in search of his prey, he took command of his division to the delight of all his men" George Mills
September 10 1862
A North Carolina officer describing the suspension of A.P. Hill's arrest and his return to duty commanding the Light Division.
From General A. P. Hill - The Story of a Confederate Warrior by James I. Robertson.  New York:  Random House, 1987. page 135

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