As the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Antietam is fast approaching, many new things are starting to get underway at the park. Among these are some new social media sites to reach out to those who are interested in the battlefield and what we do here. Now, Antietam Battlefield has an official facebook page. It has been up and running for a few months, and is frequently updated with photographs, stories, monument quizzes, and information about the park. You can find the link for this page here. Please check it out and become a follower of Antietam National Battlefield.
Additionally, some new things are in store for the Antietam Battlefield Guides, the private guide association which is run through the Western Maryland Interpretive Association and the park bookstore. The guide program will be offering some new tours and programs in the upcoming year. To help the guide association grow, it also has a new facebook page, which you can find here. As one who works both as a park ranger and as a battlefield guide, I recommend checking these pages out and following them to stay up to date with the developments occuring at Antietam.
Stay tuned for more updates in the weeks and months to come. With the 150th quickly approaching, it is an exciting time for all of us at Antietam National Battlefield.
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)