Our Country's Fiery Ordeal

A blog about the American Civil War, written and maintained by historian Daniel J. Vermilya, author of The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain (History Press, 2014) and James Garfield and the Civil War (History Press, 2015)

Dedicated to my great-great-great grandfather, Private Ellwood Rodebaugh, Company D, 106th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, killed at the Battle of Antietam, September 17, 1862.

"And may an Overuling Providence continue to cause good to come out of evil, justice to be done to all men where injustice has long prevailed, and finally, peace, quiet, and harmony to come out of this terrible confrontation and our country's fiery ordeal." -- Albert Champlin, 105th Ohio, Diary entry of June 19, 1864 (Western Reserve Historical Society)

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day

This Memorial Day, I will be remembering three men in particular...

American flag flying above Utah Beach, in Normandy, France

Richard F. Gustafson, Sr., United States Navy, World War II

Elmo Vermilya, United States Navy, World War II

Elwood Rodebaugh, Co. D., 106th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, KIA at Antietam, September 17, 1862.

American Cemetery at Omaha Beach in Normandy

American Cemetery at Omaha Beach in Normandy

Antietam National Cemetery

Let us thank and honor those who have served along with those who continue to serve.

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