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Author: noreply@blogger.com (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 02/27/2020 - 10:40pm

A note about historic preservation on my final day at Monocacy.



Ranger Mannie
Author: noreply@blogger.com (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 02/26/2020 - 10:08pm

All good things must come to an end, and it's back to my regular job on the National Mall on Tuesday, but it was great to be reminded that I am first, last, and always, a cannonball ranger.



This past two months was the most satisfying and affirming experience of my Park Service career.
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Author: noreply@blogger.com (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 02/26/2020 - 3:30pm
Finished, with one day to spare.



It feels very good to be able to leave something behind.
Tomorrow's my last day at Monocacy National Battlefield......
Author: noreply@blogger.com (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 02/25/2020 - 8:03am
The Junior Ranger program is one of the best ideas that the Park Service ever had.  It's a great, and fun, way to get kids engaged in their park, and it makes their tax-paying parents really appreciate the parks.


I swore these four fun-lovers in as Monocacy Jr. Rangers last weekend...boy, were they in to it.
Ranger Mannie
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 02/24/2020 - 12:01pm
From the Daily Freeman. The Vermont 2d at Bull Run. ———————– The Vermont Second were on the left wing, which brought us directly opposite a portion of the enemy’s line stationed behind a fence; but in about ten minutes we had the pleasure of seeing their line give away, and they fled to the woods. […]
Author: noreply@blogger.com (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 02/21/2020 - 6:19pm

The clock is ticking on the murals, I'm about seventy percent done and I have exactly four and a half days to complete them, fortunately, ranger Anthony has been a great apprentice in this project.

I can't believe how fast the time has flown; I've enjoyed this detail so much. This sixty-day detail to Monocacy National Battlefield was the most satisfying and affirming experience of my fourteen-year career in the National Park Service.

Ranger Mannie
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 02/19/2020 - 9:30am
2019 saw the release of Steven R. Stotelmyer’s Too Useful to Sacrifice: Reconsidering George B. McClellan’s Generalship in the Maryland Campaign from South Mountain to Antietam, from Savas Beatie. Mr. Stotelmyer took a little time to discuss his work, which is sure to raise eyebrows and hackles. ——————————————————————————...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 02/17/2020 - 10:43am
I first met Alann Schmidt when he was a ranger at Antietam National Battlefield probably 10-15 years ago. He has since moved on from the NPS, but recently published with co-author Terry Barkley September Mourn: The Dunker Church of Antietam Battlefield (previewed here). Mr. Barkley was unavailable for interview, but Alann took some time to […]
Author: noreply@blogger.com (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 02/17/2020 - 6:56am
Regular readers of my blog know that I often ask for your help in identifying "unidentified" images of 48th Pennsylvania soldiers.  Soon, I will be posting an update about one such quest launched nearly two years ago but, today, I am hoping for your thoughts and feedback on the following.

One of the first 48th Pennsylvania images I collected was this one:

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Author: noreply@blogger.com (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 02/16/2020 - 10:32pm

I finished the line work today and tomorrow I start applying the color.


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