Tomorrow early AM I’m off for Antietam National Battlefield with my friend Mike. I have some work to do with NPS historian Ted Alexander at his office, then will spend some time at one of the farmhouses on the battlefield. We should have a little time to bum around before heading for home, but this trip is feels more like work than fun. Fun work, nonetheless, and it pretty much beats anything I do in my “real job”. This is for a future installment of In Harm’s Way for Civil War Times, which is going very well thanks for asking. I admit to preferring the subjects of the articles which allow me to visit the site and look through the files myself. The subject of the article which will appear in the next issue that hits the stands – I submitted it last week and reviewed the edited pdf file yesterday – is on a Western Theater battlefield, and I had to write it remotely, with the help of others (a friend on the NPS staff sent me copies of the file, and another friend took photos – they did right by me). I feel more connected to the house if I can crawl around it, measure it, and take photos – lots of photos – myself. But I’m not complaining; this is a good gig.