Virtual Antietam Planet

Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 12/13/2019 - 8:17pm
I've got to make a study of this.

Seems to me that Monocacy had just one real cannon when I visited there as a kid.  Now I could certainly be wrong, but I know that I only saw one.  

The tube on this gun outside the visitor center is from the war, and I imagine that tis is the same gun that I remember as a kid.  But these days Monocacy has more cannons than it used to, and some of them are fabulous reproductions that seem...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 12/13/2019 - 8:11pm
A 2019 release from The History Press is Faces of Union Soldiers at Antietam, by Joseph Stahl and Matthew Borders. Mr. Stahl is a licensed Antietam Battlefield Guide and has authored numerous articles on the civil war. Mr. Borders is a National Park Service ranger at Monocacy National Battlefield as well as a licensed Antietam […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 12/12/2019 - 9:04pm
Here we go: a post! I have a stack of books here, some requiring a preview, and some requiring interviews. My apologies for the delay. So, without further ado, three recent releases from Savas Beatie. “Lee is Trapped and Must be Taken:” Eleven Fateful Days after Gettysburg, July 4-14, 1863, by Thomas J. Ryan and […]
Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 12/12/2019 - 2:26pm
Some of you may know that I also keep a toy soldier blog called Toy Soldiers Forever! .
In one of my installments, I showcased a blockhouse that I made referencing the two that were at Monocacy (here).

My blockhouse is very generic as, unfortunately, there are no photos or drawings of either of the two Federal blockhouses that...
Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 12/11/2019 - 12:06pm
No discussion of the Battle of Monocacy is complete without giving nearly equal billing to this guy- John W. Barrett, along with general Lew Wallace

As the head of the B&O railroad he had a lot at risk as Jubal Early came rolling like a juggernaut down (up) the valley and into Western Maryland.  Engines, rolling stock,...
Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 12/10/2019 - 10:52am
I just finished the book Monocacy: The Battle that Saved Washington by B Franklin Cooling.

I'm not sure what to make of it.  I often found my mind wandering while reading it, never a good sign.  I found it quite dry and the maps are genuinely terrible.  Nonetheless it was a helpful place to start. ...
Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 12/09/2019 - 5:08pm
Sometime this autumn the Antietam visitor center will be closing for a total rehab and remodeling; this will include the museum.

The VC is projected to be closed for two years.  What the museum will look like or contain is unknown to me; I've seen no drawings, and the rangers that I know there aren't clear on what...
Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 12/09/2019 - 12:20am

This blog posted 174 posts in 2008 and stayed pretty regular for quite a few years, with lots of upbeat posts and nice photos and unbridled optimism.

Then in 2013 my posts dropped to 17 and following that, this blog, except for some fits and starts, pretty much went dark.

See, here's the deal: 

 It was in 2013 that I was informed that I was not going to be converted to permanent at Antietam, and I would be gone by Spring of 2014.  The bottom...
Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 12/08/2019 - 5:21pm

I'm cramming.

Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 12/06/2019 - 7:58am
Me and Ed (don't get excited, he'll pose with anyone).

This was taken back in Antietam days.   Ed Bearss (pronounced "bars") is a regular visitor to the battlefield, and he always left us laughing.  He's a regular Energizer bunny- he keeps going...and going...and going.  Here's to many more years of hikers...
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