Panel to discuss Antietam at Allison-Antrim Museum in Greencastle

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
In this Library of Congress photograph, following the first day’s aftermath at the Battle of Antietam, Confederate soldiers lie dead along a fence on the road to Hagerstown, Antietam, Md., September 1862. Most of the first day’s fiercest fighting took place in a farmer’s cornfield near this road. The photograph was taken by Civil War photographer Alexander Gardner. "Pennsylvania at Antietam" will be discussed by a panel of Civil War historians at the Sept. 13 speakers meeting, beginning at 7 p.m. in the barn at Allison-Antrim Museum.

The Allison-Antrim Museum will resume its monthly speaker’s meeting with a 7 p.m. session Thurday, Sept. 13 in the restored German bank barn at 365 S. Ridge Ave., Greencastle.

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam, Allison Antrim Museum presents "Pennsylvania at Antietam." This event will feature a panel of leading Antietam scholars who will discuss the role of Pennsylvanians and Pennsylvania units at the Battle of Antietam. This will include discussion of commanders such as Gen. George Gordon Meade of Philadelphia, who was from Philadelphia and later led the union army at Gettysburg; and General Samuel Crawford, a native of Franklin County who was wounded at Antietam, and General Samuel Sturgis who was from Shippensburg.  The role of units such as the Pennsylvania Reserves, 125th Pennsylvania and the 126th Pennsylvania which was from Franklin County, will also be discussed.

The panel will consist of Ted Alexander, Historian, Antietam National Battlefield; John Hoptak, author of The Battle of South Mountain; Steve Recker, author of a new book on Antietam photographs; and Justin Mayhue, an Antietam battlefield guide and editor of the diary of a soldier in the Pennsylvania Reserves.

The program is open to the public.  There is no fee to attend, but donations will be accepted toward Allison-Antrim Museum's annual speaker series.  For more information please visit the museum's website at, on Twitter @greencastlemuzm, or call 717-597-9325.