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April 27, 2017


Introduction to the Field Trip to Antietam

Dr. Carol Reardon

In the aftermath of publishing A FIELD GUIDE TO ANTIETAM, Tom Vossler and I have become increasingly reflective about one question we often get: was it easier or more difficult to write this guide after writing the Gettysburg guide. The questioner often assumed greater ease, we learned, since Antietam was only a one-day fight and occurred in three easily understandable phases from north to south, beginning with the early morning fight in the Bloody Cornfield, through the Bloody Lane in late morning and early afternoon, to the midafternoon fight at Burnside’s Bridge. One of the most important lessons we learned early on is that understanding the Battle of Antietam is not nearly so simple a matter.

Indeed, the complexity of the twelve-hour fight impressed itself upon us repeatedly. The ways in which the various phases influenced each other, the ways in which the time lines of the three phases overlapped, the essential elements of the battle narrative that have not managed to command the attention (let alone interpretation and visitation) they deserve, all presented us with challenges to tackle. Even seemingly well-known parts of the battle, especially the Bloody Cornfield — Antietam’s equivalent to Gettysburg’s Wheatfield for complicated ebb and flow combat action — offered surprises of all sorts.

This talk will preview the basic tour route for the group’s tour of Antietam National Battlefield in May, the interpretive challenges each stop presented and how they were resolved, and the new perspectives we hope visitors and students of the battle will come to appreciate.

Carol Reardon is the George Winfree Professor of American History and Scholar-in-Residence of the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center at Penn State University. She also has served as a visiting professor of military history at the United States Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Army War College. She recently concluded a four-year term as the president of the Society for Military History. Now a resident of Gettysburg, she is the author of a number of books and articles on the Civil War and other topics in military history. This field program is based largely on her award-winning Pickett’s Charge in History and Memory (1997) and on her most recent book, coauthored with Licensed Battlefield Guide Tom Vossler, A Field Guide to Gettysburg, just made available to the public in June 2013.

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Gettysburg CWRT Field Trip 2017

A tour of Antietam National Battlefield

with very special guide

Dr. Carol Reardon

May 20, 2017

Join us for a full day on the battlefield for a tour based on her
2016 book, co-authored with Tom Vossler, A Field Guide To Antietam.

More information and Reservation Form.

All seats are filled for this trip.

Hello Friends!

Spring is just around the corner! We are all eagerly awaiting the first red bud… the subtle change across the battlefield from brown to green…the fresh warm breeze on Little Round Top. We are looking forward to wandering or driving the hallowed grounds. Lucky us! We are lucky too, to belong to this very vibrant roundtable that brings together like minded friends – Civil War enthusiasts…battlefield stompers…NPS Rangers…Town Guides…Licensed Battlefield Guides…authors…re-enactors. We are rich in our membership! We love to learn, to share ideas, to enjoy each other’s company, and to have the opportunity to keep the memory of Gettysburg’s amazing history alive.

I celebrate you…our dedicated Board of Directors, Officers, Committee Chairs and their members, and a loyal roundtable membership!

As we enjoy another year in this Historic GAR Hall, why not bring a friend with you, join a committee, present a Show and Tell, write an article for the newsletter, ask a Trivia question, run for office, AND make sure you pay your dues before the March meeting!

“Spring drew on …and a greenness grew over those brown beds, which, freshening daily, suggested the thought that Hope traversed them at night, and left each morning brighter traces of her steps.”

– Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre.

In friendship...

- Lynn


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