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Antietam National Battlefield to host book signing by Civil War authors Saturday

April 04, 2008

Two authors of new Civil War books will be at the Antietam National Battlefield Visitors Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Marion V. Armstrong Jr. is the author of the just released book "Unfurl Those Colors! McClellan, Sumner, and The Second Army Corps in the Antietam Campaign." This is a detailed study of the Second Corps of the Union Army of the Potomac and its role at battlefield landmarks such as The West Woods and "Bloody Lane."

Richard Wagner is the author of "For Honor, Flag, and Family: Civil War Major General Samuel W. Crawford: 1827-1892."

Crawford was a native of Franklin County, Pa., and the only Civil War general from that place. He began his career as an army surgeon and served in that capacity with the garrison at Fort Sumter when the war broke out.

Crawford soon rose to the rank of Brigadier General and led troops at Cedar Mountain and Antietam. At the latter place, he was seriously wounded. Later, Crawford gained acclaim for leading a charge of the Pennsylvania Reserves at the Battle of Gettysburg.

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Wagner spent years writing this book and has used many rare sources to tell the story of this Union commander.

Both authors will speak about their books throughout the day. For more information, call 301-432-4329.

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