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Podcast: Dennis Frye, Troy Cool on their Antietam properties
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In Episode 15 of "The Antietam And Beyond Podcast," renowned Antietam historian Dennis Frye and Troy Cool talk with podcast co-host John Banks about their historic properties near the Antietam battlefield. (Podcast co-host Tom McMillan is on vacation.) Frye's house served as Ambrose Burnside's headquarters in the battle's aftermath, and in early October 1862, President Lincoln visited the general there. Cool and his wife, Emily, live in a historic house on a farm that served as a major hospital site for the Union Army's Ninth Corps. On Sept. 15, 1862, two days before the battle, the Ninth Co ..read more
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Tales from the road: A visit to site of a Rebel gunpowder mill
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A couple takes a selfie with kids at the confluence of Duck and Little Duck rivers. Alas, they didn’t know of the site of the Confederate gunpowder works.                 Like this blog on Facebook | Follow me on Twitter | My YouTube videos After a wonderful bike ride through the wilds of Middle Tennessee, I did what many (bored) Americans do on a beautiful Saturday: traveled an hour from Nashville to Manchester, Tenn., in search of the site of Confederate gunpowder works deep in the woods near the fork of the Duc ..read more
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Tales from the road: The kid who died in Mrs. Cross' yard
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Sharpshooter Lewis Branscomb, an Alabaman, suffered a mortal wound in the yard of this house.                 Like this blog on Facebook | Follow me on Twitter | My YouTube videos Each morning during my stay in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., I walked a short distance over the hill from the inn on Washington Street once owned by Robert E. Lee’s father, “Light Horse” Harry Lee, and on into the heart of town. I walked past this house every day during a three-day stay in Harpers Ferry. Along the way, I passed two Civi ..read more
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Podcast: Author Steve Stotelmyer on Battle of South Mountain
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In Episode 14 of "The Antietam And Beyond Podcast," author/historian Steve Stotelmyer — an Antietam battlefield guide and "Wise guy" — talks with co-hosts John Banks and Tom McMillan about the legend of Daniel Wise's well (or was it a cistern?) at Fox's Gap, Robert E. Lee's serious injuries during the Maryland Campaign, unheralded battles in western Maryland (Hagan's Gap!) leading up to Antietam, Jesse Reno's death and much more ..read more
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Check out new Civil War Trails markers in Maryland, Virginia
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Maureen O’Connell with Christopher D. Brown, assistant director of the Civil War Trails program, at the new marker in Poolesville, Md.  (Courtesy: Civil War Trails, Inc.)                  Like this blog on Facebook | Follow me on Twitter | My YouTube videos So I finally made it back to the loving arms of Mrs. B on Sunday night after a six-state, 2,200-mile Civil War odyssey. I have two observations: Whoever created I-95 should start over. Those great Civil War Trails markers are seemingly everywhere. And a bi ..read more
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Podcast: Publisher/historian Ted Savas talks Antietam books
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In Episode 13 of "The Antietam And Beyond Podcast," military history book publisher Ted Savas — who's also a historian and passionate rock musician — talks with co-hosts John Banks and Tom McMillan about some of the more than a dozen Antietam books he has published. In the freewheeling chat, he also talks about the unheralded Virginia battlefield — a "little Shiloh," he calls it — that he helped re-discover in the 1980s. (On the battlefield, he and a friend unearthed roughly 2,000 artifacts — with the landowner's permission.)  Plus, he explains the process for those who want to write a ..read more
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A new Civil War Trails marker in Virginia recognizes nurse
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In March, Visit Culpeper unveiled a Civil War Trails sign putting visitors in the footsteps of Cornelia Hancock, a trailblazing pioneer of medical care. The new marker — located at Shiloh Church, 15055 Stevensburg Rd. in Brandy Station, Va. — tells the inspiring story of Hancock, who cared for soldiers in the area during the Civil War. Old Trade Brewery & Cidery — a women-owned business in Brandy Station — has even created a beer to honor her. (Full disclosure: I like beer.) Karen Quaintance — a Culpeper resident, registered nurse and staff member at The Museum of Culpeper  History ..read more
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Podcast: Antietam ranger Brian Baracz on Elliott burials map
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In Episode 12 of "The Antietam And Beyond Podcast," longtime Antietam National Park Service ranger Brian Baracz talks with co-hosts John Banks and Tom McMillan about the 1864 battlefield burials map of S.G. Elliott. Baracz also talks about his favorite Antietam monument, why the battlefield is so special to him and much more. Explore the 1864 Elliott map — part of the New York Public Library Digital Collections — for yourself here. Read more about the map on my blog here ..read more
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Podcast: 'When Hell Came To Sharpburg' author Steven Cowie
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In Episode 11 of "The Antietam And Beyond Podcast," author Steven Cowie shares with co-hosts John Banks and Tom McMillan stories of the profound impact of the Battle of Antietam on civilians in Sharpsburg, Md. Among the stories Cowie tells is of the heartbreaking loss for farmer William Roulette of his 20-month-old daughter, Carrie May, who died of disease more than a month after the battle.  Cowie’s book is the result of 15 years of comprehensive study. He unearthed a trove of previously unused archival accounts and examined scores of primary sources, including letters, diaries, regim ..read more
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