Pamplin Park Seminar

I had a won­der­ful week­end at the Pam­plin His­tor­i­cal Park Fall Sem­i­nar in Peters­burg VA. Great speak­ers, great scenery, great food. Enjoyed meet­ing and talk­ing with George Rable, Peter Cozzens and Earl Hess, and of course see­ing Jim McPher­son again. I spoke about Car­man and the mary­land Cam­paign, and they sold out of Vol. II by Sun­day morning!

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Volume TWO is available!

Mary­land Cam­paign Vol 2
Vol­ume Two of Ezra Carman’s man­u­script has finally arrived! Find it on Ama­zon, Barnes & Noble or the WMIA Museum Store at Anti­etam. By far the most com­plete work avail­able on the bat­tle, and includes pho­tos from the era Car­man was work­ing, and also his maps to illus­trate the bat­tle action.

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Pentagon Talk September 4, 2012

I was for­tu­nate to be asked to speak as part of the Office of the Sect. of Defense His­tor­i­cal lec­ture Series. Here is a press report about it.

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150 Years Ago today

Con­fed­er­ate troops marched into Fred­er­ick today, few cel­e­brated their arrival. One lady remarked that she could smell them com­ing before she could see them.
Gen. McClel­lan began push­ing troops west­ward to Rockville in order to block any attacks on the capital.

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150 years ago today

Today Lee’s inva­sion of Mary­land began in earnest as the bulk of his army crossed the Potomac River, join­ing D.H. Hill’s divi­sion which crossed the day before. Lee had spent the pre­vi­ous night in Lees­burg at Har­ri­son Hall, the home of a dis­tant cousin.
On this same day McClel­lan was vis­ited by Pres­i­dent Lin­coln and Gen. Hal­leck. He was given ver­bal orders to take com­mand of the field army he’d cre­ated, and to ensure the safety of the cap­i­tal and Bal­ti­more. Once this was accom­plished he was ordered to drive the Con­fed­er­ates from Mary­land. These orders were never printed, and Hal­leck and Lin­coln each later cred­ited the other with issu­ing it.
And so the drama begins…

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