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Historian Alexander to speak May 9 at Antietam battlefield

May 02, 2012

SHARPSBURG — Antietam National Battlefield Historian Ted Alexander will discuss “Two Great American Armies at Antietam” on Wednesday, May 9, at 7 p.m. at the battlefield’s visitor center theater.

Alexander will discuss the opposing forces, their differences and similarities. Topics will include leadership, combat efficiency of the troops, weapons, uniforms and equipment.  There will also be a discussion on the condition of the artillery and cavalry. The ethnicity of the soldiers will also be highlighted in the sharing of research documenting the service of Hispanics, American Indians, and thousands of Irish and German immigrants.

A former U.S. Marine, Alexander is the chief historian for the battlefield, and is the recent recipient of the Civil War Roundtable’s Henry Kyd Douglas Award. Alexander is the author of “Battle of Antietam: The Bloodiest Day.”

For more information, call 301-432-5124, or go to www.nps.gov/ancm/index.htm.

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