Virtual Antietam Planet

Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 11/06/2017 - 10:07am

It was a beautiful day at the battlefield yesterday - moist and overcast.  The parking lot was full to overflowing and Gary Edelman and Tim Smith were leading one of their legendary eight-hour battlefield hikes to what looked like about 80 appreciative stalwarts.
I mostly hung out in and around Dunker Church chatting...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/06/2017 - 8:00am
On Friday, October 20, my family toured the grounds of the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. Thanks to our mutual friend Dr. Carol Reardon, we were given a guided tour of the post cemetery by military history instructor Lt. Col. David Siry (Dave’s efforts bring us the wonderful West Point Center for […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/03/2017 - 8:02am
Wow. Eleven years. Advertisements
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 11/01/2017 - 5:57am
Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 10/24/2017 - 7:46pm
Yesterday was my regular volunteering day at Antietam and I spent a little time watching the guys build Virginia worm-rail fencing along the Sunken Road.  It should be noted that much of the labor was provided by dedicated Antietam volunteers.

To make a worm rail fence, all you...
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 […]
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