I’ve met some really nice people lately at Antietam.

Last week, a very nice and kind older couple from North Carolina came to the Battlefield. It was a very, very hot day and the observation room was not available at the time they arrived. So we chose to spend almost the entire time in the car. This does have the advantage of seeing more sites off the battlefield itself. And a funny moment was when coming back to the Battlefield over the remote upper bridge, I spotted one of my sons putting a canoe into the Antietam. With him was a young lady I’d not really met before, and it was great fun to pull up next to him in a car from North Carolina, roll down the window and say, “Hi there son!”  Priceless!

We have had some rather violent storms through the area recently. A couple from New Hampshire was in town the evening before taking a battlefield tour. They drove around a bit and took this very impressive picture of the sky on the south end of the field.

Today I hosted a group of four men from NJ and MD – friends who studied up on the battle by reading “Landscape Turned Red”  in advance. And they are going to come back in the future after reading some more on the battle, and they plan to bike around the field. They have done this in the past at Gettysburg. A group like this is always enjoyable for the Guides, as the questions asked are always really thoughtful and insightful.

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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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