Book Talk – “That Field of Blood: The Battle of Antietam”
August 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT| Pay-What-You-Please
Learn about the bloodiest day in American history, the Battle of Antietam, from historian Dan Vermilya
On Saturday August 10 at 2:00 PM at the Pry House Field Hospital Museum, Historian Dan Vermilya will discuss his newest book That Field of Blood: The Battle of Antietam, September 17, 1862.
The day of the Battle of Antietam, a number of factors hung in the balance as the Union and Confederate armies clashed in the bloodiest single day in American history. Confederates under the leadership of General Robert E. Lee hoped to achieve a victory on Union soil that could end the Civil War with Southern Independence. President Abraham Lincoln waited in Washington for news from Union Major General George McClellan (who spent much of the day of the battle at the Pry House). Should Union forces win in Maryland, Lincoln decided, he would issue his preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. Learn more about the Battle of Antietam and how it forever changed the course of American history.
The pay-what-you-please presentation will take place at 2:00 PM in the Pry Barn. There is a separate suggested donation of $3 to tour the Pry House.
Daniel J. Vermilya is a Civil War historian, and the author of several books, including The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, James A. Garfield and the American Civil War, and That Field of Blood: The Battle of Antietam. He has previously worked as a park ranger at Antietam National Battlefield, Monocacy National Battlefield, and Gettysburg National Military Park, and currently works at the Eisenhower National Historic Site in Gettysburg, PA.