Ezra A Carman

Ezra A Carman

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.

Dr. Tom Clemens

Dr. Tom Clemens

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.