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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, January 1, 2014

Check out Dan Vermilya's new Kennesaw Mountain Blog

I am pleased to welcome a new blog to the world on this first day of 2014.  My good friend Dan Vermilya, a park ranger at Antietam and Gettysburg has created a new blog on Kennesaw Mountain.  I worked with Dan at Antietam’s 150th in 2012; participated in his Gettysburg programs for that park’s 150th this past year and look forward to the publication of his book on Kennesaw Mountain that marks the 150th anniversary of that battle this year.  Check out Dan’s blog here.  You can also see a link in my blogroll to the left.

Happy New Year everyone!