Year in Review 2020: #4

S. G. Elliott’s Antietam burial map

We are rolling onward with ECW’s list of the Top Ten Most-Read Posts of 2020. We’ve made it all the way up to #4.

Emerging Civil War is fortunate to enjoy a special relationship with the American Battlefield Trust. We get to partner with them on a lot of projects, from Facebook LIVE events, conference presentations, tours, and of course, preservation news. It’s always a great treat for us when we get to work with them. One of those collaborations made such a splash that it became our fourth-most-read post of the year.

Historians Tim Smith and Andrew Dalton of the Adams County (PA) Historical Society made an incredible discovery earlier this year when they found a lost burial map for the Antietam battlefield. Tim and Andrew shared their discovery with the American Battlefield Trust and Antietam National Battlefield, and the American Battlefield Trust brought ECW in to help break the news with a major announcement on June 16, 2020.

Our coverage included exclusive interviews with Andrew, Tim, and historian Brian Baracz from Antietam National Battlefield, which all appeared on the ECW YouTube page, as well as original reporting, links to the Trust’s archive of additional resources.

We’d like to thank Garry Adelman, Kris White, and Mary Koik of the American Battlefield Trust for letting us play a small role in a very, very, very cool thing.

#4: BREAKING NEWS: Newly Discovered Map Shows Antietam Burials in Detail posted by Chris Mackowski on June 16, 2020

Historians with the Adams County Historical Society in Gettysburg, PA, have made an exciting discovery that will help reshape our understanding of the aftermath of battle at Antietam while also shedding some new light on our understanding of the aftermath of battle at Gettysburg.

Historians Andrew Dalton and Timothy H. Smith, while researching an article about a “railroad swindler,” S. G. Elliott, discovered a newly digitized map in the holdings of the New York Public Library that shows detailed locations for burials on the Antietam battlefield….

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