I’ve added another to my blogroll (in the right hand margin). The 48th Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteer Infantry belongs to John Hoptak, an interpretive ranger at Antietam. I’m impressed with the stuff he’s been doing. If you think of Bull Runnings as a micro-blog on one battle, John’s is a micro-blog on one regiment, and he’s compiling some really interesting documentary and statistical information. Check it out if you get a chance.
While I’m sure he doesn’t remember, I think I spent some time on the field at Antietam with John this past September 17. It was a 7 AM tour of the morning phase of the battle with Ranger Keith Snyder. The conditions were eerily similar to those of 144 years (to the day) before: a little cool with heavy fog that would burn off. I took a little detour and snapped this image, which should give you an idea of what those black hat fellers saw that day (from where I was, on the western edge of the Miller Cornfield and looking south, this would have been the perspective of the 6th Wisconsin):