I recently had a reporter from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette tag along on one of my ranger tours at Antietam. The reporter was very courteous, and he wrote up a story on Antietam and his visit for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, which can be found in the paper's travel section this morning (August 26th). Below is a link for the online version of the story. As you will see, I am quoted quite a bit througought the article. For those of you who follow this blog, you will also see that the reporter makes note of my family connection to the battle through the death of my great-great-great grandfather, Private Ellwood Rodebaugh, 106th Pennsylvania.
This is just one example of the increased attention Antietam has been, and will be, receiving as the 150th anniversary of the battle quickly approaches. Every day now at the Visitor Center, the majority of the phone calls and questions are turning to the 150th and the Sesquicentennial events. It is truly a wonderful time to be a Park Ranger 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)