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Scholarship awarded for Battle of Antietam research

April 09, 2012|By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — The Save Historic Antietam Foundation will help fund research by Civil War scholars about the Army of the Potomac and about Clara Barton’s work during the Battle of Antietam, the organization announced in a press release.

The foundation awarded its first Dr. Joseph L. Harsh Memorial Scholarship to Daniel Joseph Vermilya of Kirtland, Ohio, for research on the topic of “The Strength, Composition, and Experience of the Army of the Potomac at the battle of Antietam,” foundation President Tom Clemens said.

Vermilya, who is a seasonal ranger at Antietam National Battlefield, will present his research at a free seminar at the battlefield on Sept. 8, Clemens said.

“The purpose of the scholarship is to further knowledge of the battle of Antietam and Maryland Campaign, and is open to all applicants,” Clemens said.

It was created in honor of Dr. Harsh, a professor at George Mason University, an award-winning author of a trilogy on Confederate strategy in the Maryland Campaign and a member of the Save Historic Antietam Foundation.

In addition, the Save Historic Antietam Foundation’s selection committee decided to fund a proposal by Susan Rosenvold, the Director of Operations and Education for the Pry House Field Hospital Museum at Antietam National Battlefield, Clemens said.

“Susan is an authority on the life and services of Clara Barton, and her proposal was to identify and locate the places on and around the battlefield where Barton worked during the battle,” Clemens said. “Susan listed an impressive number of sources she intends to consult to complete her project, and she too will present her findings at the SHAF Seminar in September.”

Because of the merits of her proposal and the experience she brings to the project, the selection committee decided to award Rosenvold the SHAF Sesquicentennial Award for Scholarship, Clemens said.
Vermilya and Rosenvold will each receive $2,500 stipends, he said.

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