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Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 10/17/2017 - 9:33am
Just across the road from Dunker Church, on a slight rise, sits the Maryland monument.  It is a little eight-sided temple - four sides for the Maryland units that fought in the battle and four for the Confederates.  It's a reminder that divided Maryland was Unionist in the west, and had Confederate leanings in the east.

Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 10/17/2017 - 9:48am
Except for my posts from this week I see that it's almost exactly three years since my last post.  Now that I'm back at my much-loved Antietam, I expect that I'll be posting with some frequency.  Do stay tuned.

Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 10/16/2017 - 1:44pm
This is where I came in.  



After three and a half years absence, I...
Author: (Jim Rosebrock)
Posted: 10/16/2017 - 8:31am
This is part one of a two part article on the story of William French an officer not generally know or highly regarded in the annals of Civil War, and his instrumental role in saving five valuable artillery companies located in secessionist Texas in the final weeks of the Buchanan Administration.  Part 1 is the story of French’s career as an artillery officer up to the beginning of the Civil War.
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 10/13/2017 - 9:29am
Back in February 2017, Brandon Bies was named the new Superintendent at Manassas National Battlefield Park (read the NPS press release here). In a somewhat unusual move for the NPS, they have placed someone with a very strong Civil War background in charge of a Civil War battlefield park. Mr. Bies recently took some time […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 10/11/2017 - 12:05pm
I received in the mail via Amazon yesterday the highly anticipated (in some quarters) biography of Ulysses Grant by Pulitzer Prize winning author Ron Chernow, titled Grant (where does this guy get off not giving us a colon and an all-encompassing subtitle?). Let’s start off by saying this giant (but not so giant as one […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 10/07/2017 - 7:41pm
In the preceding chapter I described my night ride from Washington to the camp of McDowell’s army at and about Centreville. After delivering my dispatches and concluding my business at headquarters, I remounted my horse, and having been directed in the darkness the way to the ground occupied by Palmer’s seven companies of cavalry, I […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/30/2017 - 5:49pm
On this past Sunday, Sept. 24, I delivered my Kilpatrick Family Ties program to the Brandy Station Foundation down in Culpeper, Virginia. This is a pretty long (4.5 hours) drive for me, so I turned it into a weekend trip and stayed in Warrenton. So let me recap my trip, with special emphasis on items […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/21/2017 - 8:00am
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/20/2017 - 8:24am
I left West Point on the 18th of July for Washington, delaying a few hours that afternoon on my arrival in New York to enable me to purchase, of the well-known military firm of Horstman’s, my lieutenant’s outfit of sabre, revolver, sash, spurs, etc. Taking the evening train for Washington, I found the cars crowded […]
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