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New Antietam National Battlefield superintendent named

Susan Trail has served for the past eight years as superintendent of Monocacy National Battlefield

November 09, 2011

ANTIETAM NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD — Susan Trail, a former assistant superintendent at Antietam National Battlefield, has been named the national park's new superintendent, according to a news release from the National Park Service.

Trail, who has served for the past eight years as superintendent of Monocacy National Battlefield, south of Frederick, Md., will start her new job on Nov. 21, according to the news release.

Ed Wenschhof has been serving as acting superintendent since John Howard retired as superintendent at the end of 2010.

Next year the park, near Sharpsburg, will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam — the bloodiest one-day battle in U.S. history. More than 23,000 soldiers died, were wounded or missing in connection with the battle.

Antietam National Battlefield has almost 3,260 acres, a $3.4 million budget, almost 400,000 annual visitors, and 73 employees, including 41 full-time employees and 32 student or term employees, according to the news release.

In addition to overseeing the battlefield park, Trail will manage nearby Antietam National Cemetery.

Trail was assistant superintendent at Antietam from 1997 to 2003, according to the news release.

She was a cultural resource manager at C&O Canal National Historical Park from 1992 to 1997. She was a supervisory archaeologist at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia from 1989 to 1992.

Trail also was an National Park Service contractor for six years, working as an archaeologist on a variety of projects in the park's National Capital Region.

Trail is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, and has a doctorate in American Studies, according to the news release. Trail also has a master's degree in anthropology from the College of William and Mary, and a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of Virginia.

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