There has been a paucity of new posts on here lately because things have picked up. A few weeks ago, it looked like I would not have any Park Service work this year because of the Federal Sequester. Yet, right before Easter, I received word that I would be coming back to Antietam!
So, last week, I moved back to Maryland and returned to work for the 2013 season. I don't have an internet connection where I am staying, which limits the posts. Thus, I wanted to post a short note to let everyone know I am doing quite well. I have some other new and exciting news about my 2013 season to share on here very soon, news that only adds to my great relief and gratitude for the opportunities I have right now. The paperwork isn't finalized, so I will hold off on sharing this news for a little while yet.
In the meantime, here is the view of Antietam's Bloody Lane at sunset from two days ago. I am very blessed and fortunate to have the opportunity to continue working here and doing what I love. God is very good, indeed. I'm taking each day at a time, knowing that every day is a blessing.
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)