Editor’s Note: I orginally wrote this article on the 147th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam. I’ve repurposed the content today for the 149th anniversary. If you know of other good Antietam resources on the web, be sure to leave a comment. I particularly welcome comments from Antietam bloggers I’ve missed below. I know there are even more of you two years later. Don’t be shy!
On this 149th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam, I had originally intended to have a multi-blog event choosing the Top 7 Antietam books like the ones I recently ran on Gettysburg and Shiloh, but real life intervened. Perhaps another Civil War blogger may put something like this together next year, or I may do it myself if the opportunity presents itself. Instead of a best of series on Antietam books, however, I’ve decided instead to bring your attention to some excellent online resources on the Antietam Campaign.
First, I’d like to present the work of Brian Downey. Brian runs The Battle of Antietam on the Web, blogs at behind Antietam on the Web, and created the Talk Antietam Yahoo Message Board. Did you think you knew everything there is to know about the Battle of Antietam? Think again. Many of the members at Talk Antietam have literally spent decades focusing on the battle. More than one published author also posts there. Clicking on the three links above will give you loads of information on various aspects of the battle.
Second, there are an amazing number of Antietam blogs out there. In fact, I think there are more Antietam blogs than their are Gettysburg blogs, though I’m sure that state of affairs won’t last forever. Here is a list of the Antietam blogs I frequent:
- My Year of Living Rangerously: Mannie Gentile blogs about his Park Ranger job at Antietam National Battlefield. To say I’m jealous of how Mannie makes a living would be an understatement!
- The 48th Pennsylvania Infantry/Civil War Musings: Fellow Antietam Park Ranger (and now published author!) John David Hoptak also blogs about many Antietam related items, including his worthy fund raising effort to restore General Nagle’s missing sword.
- South From the North Woods: Jim Rosebruck, one of the those who has spent decades studying the battle, blogs about Antietam. Jim has a prodigious quote collection, one of his favorite activities associated with the war.
- Walking the West Woods: Jim Buchanan volunteers at Antietam National Battlefield. He blogs on Antietam with a focus on, as you can tell by the title, the West Woods. He has had some very detailed blog entries focusing on various aspects of the bloody and confused fighting there.
Lastly, I’d like to also toot my own horn briefly and provide a link to my Top 5 Antietam Books post from earlier this year. Please be sure to check out all of these great sites and take a moment to remember the sacrifice of Union and Confederate soldiers, all Americans, on this bloodiest single day in American history.
Check out Brett’s list of the Top 10 Civil War Blogs!
Check out Brett’s Civil War Books!
Did you enjoy this blog entry? Subscribe to TOCWOC’s RSS feed today!
Please consider using the ShareThis feature below to spread the word.