Tag Archives: Antietam National Battlefield

Stolen War Department Marker Recovered at Antietam

Emerging Civil War welcomes guest author Matthew Chilton… On February 22, 2021, I noticed a familiar  item – seemingly a ca. 1890’s War Department directional marker –  was being advertised for an upcoming estate sale at a local auction in … Continue reading

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In the Footsteps of the 130th Pennsylvania at Antietam

Mustered in mid-August 1862, the untested recruits of the 130th Pennsylvania Infantry barely had time to learn how to be soldiers before they were thrown into the chaotic battle of Antietam on September 17. There, they were heavily engaged in … Continue reading

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When a Monument Cherrypicks Its History

When people have the chance to learn about history, don’t we want that history to be factually correct? That’s the question I asked last week when writing about the Robert E. Lee statue at Antietam. Placed at a spot on … Continue reading

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When a Monument Gets Its History Wrong

The U.S. House of Representatives voted yesterday to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee from Antietam National Battlefield (see here for details). The statue, erected in 2003 on private property along Route 34 heading into Sharpsburg, was later acquired … Continue reading

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The Irish Brigade Monument at Antietam

In observance of this week’s anniversary of the battle of Antietam, I want to take a close-up look at the Irish Brigade monument that sits at the southern end of the Sunken Road near the observation tower. Its location and … Continue reading

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Happy Antietam Anniversary to Kevin Pawlak

On August 30, our very own Kevin Pawlak celebrated his 8-year anniversary as a Licensed Battlefield Guide (LBG) at Antietam National Battlefield. With the anniversary of the battle coming up later this month, we decided to talk with Kevin a … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: 3 Acres at Antietam’s West Woods

There’s urgent battlefield preservation news from American Battlefield Trust for the West Woods at Antietam. Three acres inside the official boundary of the battlefield are ready to be saved as hallowed ground for future generations! But time is ticking… $155,000 … Continue reading

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BREAKING NEWS: Newly Discovered Map Shows Antietam Burials in Detail

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 … Continue reading

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Writing “Antietam National Battlefield” for the Images of America Series

157 years ago, photographers Alexander Gardner and James Gibson first exposed their camera’s lens to the Antietam battlefield. The scene was still raw–Union soldiers and their campfires behind the Army of the Potomac’s lines. Once the Confederate army vacated its … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Keedysville, Maryland

I’d spent the day driving and researching at three different libraries. By the time the late sunset hour approached, I needed to get out-of-doors, but I didn’t really feel like going battlefielding that evening. Then, I remembered Keedysville… It’s a … Continue reading

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