About the Author
Ezra Ayres Carman was born in Oak Tree, New Jersey, on February 27, 1834, and educated at Western Military Academy in Kentucky. He fought with New Jersey organizations through the Civil War. Wounded earlier in the war, Carman later achieved brigade command and fought in more than twenty battles before being mustered out as a brevet brigadier general.
Appointed as the “Historical Expert” to the Antietam Battlefield Board in 1894, Carman and the other Board members solicited accounts from hundreds of veterans, scoured through thousands of letters and maps, and assimilated the material into the text of hundreds of cast iron tablets that still mark the field today. Carman also wrote the 1,800-page manuscript on the campaign. Although it remained unpublished for more than a century, many historians and students of the war consider it to be the best overall treatment of the campaign ever written.
Carman also served on the Chattanooga-Chickamauga Battlefield Commission. He died in 1909 on Christmas day and was buried just below the Custis-Lee mansion in Arlington Cemetery.
About the Editor
Thomas G. Clemens earned his doctoral degree at George Mason University, where he studied under Maryland Campaign historian Dr. Joseph L. Harsh.
A teaching professor of History, Tom Clemens has studied the Antietam campaign and the Civil War for more than 30 years. He co-founded the Save Historic Antietam Foundation, and serves as a licensed Battlefield Guide and a National Park Service volunteer interpreter.
Tom has been featured in numerous Civil War documentaries as well as programs on the History Channel and C-Span. A regular contributor to several military and history magazines, Tom has written many articles on Antietam and Gettysburg.