For the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam weekend, our Battlefield Guides program is going to be working alongside and in conjunction with the Park Rangers to greet the thousands of visitors and provide interpretation. We are very much looking forward to this, and we have recently been assigned our times and locations.

I will be spending the Monday of the actual date of the Battle – September 17th – stationed at the Burnside Bridge. So I will be there at the exact moment when 150 years ago the Union assault finally captured and crossed the bridge.

There is a large tree on the bank that we at Antietam know as the witness tree. Our local newspaper – The Herald Mail – wrote an article about it that has just appeared in our paper today. It is very good, and I provide here a link you to take a look at it:

http://www.herald-mail.com/news/hm-170yearold-witness-tree-saw-action-at-battle-of-antietam-20120805,0,675497.story

Looking at the bridge from the Union position, the tree is seen at the very edge to the right of the bridge.

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About Randy Buchman

I live in Western Maryland, and among my too many pursuits and hobbies, I regularly feed multiple hungry blogs. I played college baseball, coached championship cross country teams at Williamsport (MD) High School, and have been a sportswriter for various publications and online venues. My main profession is as the lead pastor of a church in Hagerstown called Tri-State Fellowship. And I'm active in Civil War history and work/serve at Antietam National Battlefield with the Antietam Battlefield Guides organization. Occasionally I sleep.

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