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)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

August 1998 to July 2011...

Two photographs, 13 years apart

An 11 year old Civil War enthusiast outside the Manassas Visitor Center in August of 1998. While it appears as though the young historian is frowning in the picture, I think we can chalk that up to the sunlight, especially if you knew how badly he one day wanted to work as a Park Ranger at a Civil War battlefield...

That same 11 year old, now a bit older and in a different outfit, working at Manassas for the 150th commemoration events, Saturday, July 23, 2011.

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