Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Monocacy Twelve-pounder

Speaking of Monocacy, here's a photo I took a few years ago during their battle anniversary weekend.

I've got to save some of my energy for January 5, that will be the first day of my sixty-day detail at the battlefield.

Did I mention I'm excited about this?

Best wishes from Boonsboro,

Ranger Mannie

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Just to see if anyone is still tuning in...

Who are they, and what's their connection?

Eagerly awaiting my 60-day gig at Monocacy...

Ranger Mannie

Monday, December 02, 2019

Back in the saddle...for sixty days

Well hello there!  It's been a while.

I now have something to celebrate and post about again.

Starting on January 5, 2020 I will begin a sixty-day detail at Monocacy National Battlefield.

It's a Civil War Park, It's 25 minutes from home (currently I commute five hours a day), it's a Civil War park, it's in a rural setting, it's a Civil War park, I'll be working with my former supervisor from the Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument (who is fabulous)


I'll be able to spend the evenings with my wonderful wife.

(Did I mention that it's a Civil War park?)

As I anticipate enjoying the two-month respite from the killing commute and the grind of Washington DC, I'll be posting regularly to this blog on all things Monocracy-Related for the duration of this two-month slice of heaven.

From Boonsboro, just over the mountain from Monocacy,

Ranger Mannie

Monday, November 20, 2017

Burnside Bridge, then and now

It was a good morning for volunteering at Antietam today.  I spent a little time on the Union Attack trail which takes the visitor along the approach of the Ninth Corps toward Antietam Creek and to Sharpsburg beyond.  One of the icons of the battlefield, if not the Civil War, is Burnside Bridge (also known as Rohrbach, or Lower bridge.

In the days following the September 17th, 1862 battle, photographer Alexander Gardner brought his camera to the battlefield to record some of the most recognizable images of the war, including the bridge.

This morning I took my camera to Gardner's position to record what the scene looks like 155 years later.  The view is from the point of view of the Ninth Corps, and as you can see that unlike today there was no cover at all for the Federals as the slope was clear cut.  Also notice the very young sycamore tree at the end of the bridge, which is now the much beloved "witness tree" of the Battlefield.

Come enjoy the view.

From just north of Boonsboro...


Monday, November 06, 2017

Autumn comes to the battlefield

It was a beautiful day at the battlefield yesterday - moist and overcast.  The parking lot was full to overflowing and Gary Edelman and Tim Smith were leading one of their legendary eight-hour battlefield hikes to what looked like about 80 appreciative stalwarts.

I mostly hung out in and around Dunker Church chatting up visitors.  Though I've forgotten a lot in the three and a half years since I left, things are slowly coming back.  Everyone that I talked with marveled at what a beautiful park Antietam is, and comparisons always turn to the great contrast that is Gettysburg.  Antietam, like Shiloh, is nearly pristine, and it's a joy to be a small part of it.

Come see for yourself.