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The Maryland Campaign of 1862

A Weekend Warrior Program

September 23-25, 2016

with Thomas Clemens from Hagerstown, MD

The Maryland Campaign of 1862Tom Clemens is the nation’s expert on the 1862 Maryland campaign. When matched with colleagues like Scott Hartwig, Ted Alexander and Dennis Frye participants cannot do better. Tom lives the battlefield and as a professor emeritus of history is frequently on the site. He also is the leader in preservation efforts there as head of the Save Historic Antietam Foundation (SHAF).

This is a weekend program worth attending–a major battlefield and major intellectual firepower will make this a weekend to remember!


Friday, September 23rd

The program will open at 6 PM with opening lectures from two experts who will compare and contrast the intentions plans and strategies of both Lee and McClellan. McClellan was under a cloud and Lee was triumphant having established a legendary reputation in just over 10 weeks time. At stake were the futures of two nations.

Saturday, September 24th

Fire on the Mountain: We begin our day just outside of Frederick on the Best Farm where Lee’s operational orders have been found in a deserted Confederate camp. From here we will move to examine Jackson’s efforts to execute Lee’s orders against the Federal garrison at Harpers Ferry. The cost of victory at Harpers Ferry was painfully evident at the passes through South Mountain. We will examine the fighting at Turner’s, Fox’s and Crampton’s Gap. The day will close with the remains of Major General D.H. Hill’s Division fleeing back towards Antietam Creek and the Potomac River where Lee was waiting to place them in position to resist a Federal advance. Lunch is included.

Sunday, September 25th

America’s Single Bloodiest Day. After determining why Lee was waiting at Antietam Creek we will follow this battle through fighting at the North Woods and in Miller’s 30 acre cornfield. The Federal attacks enter the West Woods and flourish around the Dunker Church before the attack of the II Corps fades out and commences against DH Hill’s new position in a sunken country road. After failing to hold the position the battle shifts to Burnside’s Bridge and the landscape south of Sharpsburg. We will pay special attention to Burnside’s attacks up to and including the great flank attack by the newly arriving Confederate Division led by AP Hill. We will finish at 3:45. Lunch is included.

Reading list

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Tom is personally selling Maryland Campaign of September 1862, Volumes I and II for $50. plus 5.00 shipping. He will personalize signing as well. Send check or money order to Thomas Clemens, P.O. Box 193, Keedysville, MD 21756. He can do credit and charge cards too; call 301-331-3877.


Sleep Inn and Suites
18216 Col. Henry K. Douglas Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Hot breakfast included
$85.00 per night plus tax
Make reservations for the group rate by August 9th.


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