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Summer fly-by visit

On the return leg of an excursion north to visit family and friends, we made a stop at the Battlefield. It was a glorious day, as is so often the case there, and perfect for catching up on some of the changes at the Park.

Anniversary Visit 2015

Your webmaster found some simple satisfaction at the Battlefield on the 153rd anniversary of the battle: Thursday, 17 September 2015. Enjoy a few pictures from around the Park.

Patrick Clooney, 88th New York

The life and passing of Patrick Phelan (Felan) Clooney. One of the heroes of the Irish Brigade at Antietam.

The Newf and Werner von Bachelle

In April 1861 Werner von Bachelle volunteered for service in response to President Lincoln's first call for troops. Killed at Antietam, he's a celebrity today - thanks to his faithful Newfoundland dog.

Front page imagery

The home page of Antietam on the Web is a simple table of contents decorated by a photograph. Since a major redesign of the site in 2010, I've used about half a dozen pictures to represent the place and the history of Antietam. Here are their stories...

Just as surely dead

I like to look beyond lists and rosters to flesh out the individuals who were at Antietam. An example of how this sometimes goes, with a bit of an unexpected twist, is the case of Sgt Hascall of the 61st NY Infantry.

Antietam 150: Anniversary Sunrise

At the end of the day of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Antietam, a couple of quick shots of how it looked at its start.

Antietam 150: The Dead of the Maryland Campaign

This post contains my first feeble attempt at a list of individual soldiers who died on the Maryland Campaign of 1862. There is no single, comprehensive list anywhere. This is a start...

The Antietam Roster

Something like 160,000 soldiers were present on the Maryland Campaign of 1862, and our Roster project aims to get as many of them listed on Antietam on the Web (AotW) as we can...

Kentucky Confederates at Sharpsburg

Most of the Southern states were represented by units in the Army of Northern Virginia at Sharpsburg, but Kentucky is not usually thought of as one of them...

Generalsandbrevets is back

Update April 2012:  He's back.  Thank goodness!  Now subtitled Civil War Generals in Black and White, but with very similar layout and still at the address  Thank you,  Mikel. ____________ Original post of 30 Jan 2010, "Generalsandbrevets Gone":  As I'm sure you know by now, the excellent web gallery Generals of the American Civil [...]

First Minnesota at Antietam

Enjoy a fine online resource on the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry from Wayne Jorgenson and Chuck Barden. They've built a considerable database of the members of the Regiment.

Frank Schell’s battle

Frank Schell accompanied the Army of the Potomac on the Maryland Campaign of 1862, and was on the field for the battle on 17 September.  He was a civilian there from New York - a sketch artist for Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. Fortunately for those who study the battle, a number of his original battlefield sketches [...]

A hyperTOC for Histories of the Several Regiments and Battalions

An excellent companion to Moore’s Roster for researching North Carolina troops is the 5 Volume Histories of the Several Regiments and Battalions from North Carolina in the Great War, 1861-1865, published by the State of North Carolina in 1901. Editor Walter Clark had been Lieutenant Colonel of the 70th Regiment. All NC military units - along [...]

A hyperTOC for Moore’s Roster of North Carolina Troops

I’ve been on a fruitful run over the last couple of weeks looking into North Carolina soldiers who were at the battle of Sharpsburg. It began with the following haunting photograph from the Time-Life Voices volume on the battle of Fredericksburg … W.B. Whitaker (Time-Life’s Voices: Fredericksburg, courtesy Frances Honeycutt) He’s First Sergeant - later Captain - [...]

So long, GeoCities

The end of an era. Yahoo! GeoCities, our free web site building service and community, is closing on October 26, 2009. Your GeoCities site will no longer appear on the Web After years of playing with Antietam battle information and biography on paper, then in spreadsheets and text files, I started putting it online in 1992. I had an [...]

A Merry Christmas to All

Santa Claus as Thomas Nast pictured him in Harper’s Weekly in 1865 All the best to you and yours this Season and through the New Year. I’m also thinking of our troops in harm’s way this Christmas Eve, and look forward to having them back safe and soon.

Command of the 4th Pennsylvania Cavalry at Antietam

Eric Wittenberg has put up a fine post featuring James Childs, Colonel, 4th Pennsylvania Cavalry, killed at Antietam on 17 September 1862. Elements of the Fourth were among the few Union cavalrymen engaged at Sharpsburg that day - the Federal mounted arm was not a major factor in the battle. Eric’s study - and that [...]

Farewell Mimi

Cuban born American chief-of-the-great-clan Emilio Louis Fanjul (1924-2008) returned to the boundless deep yesterday afternoon at 3:15pm. Fine son, husband of endless love, father of many daughters, he made the good exit in the heart of his family at Haddonfield, New Jersey after the long dance with Alzheimer’s. In yellowed photographs he smiles forever. He lived [...]

Sound of the Guns

Another new Civil War-themed blog has arrived. Craig Swain has created To the Sound of the Guns–perhaps the perfect name for such a blog. His stated purpose is o aid the organization and presentation of my research, notation...

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