Randy Buchman

I first visited Antietam in 1967 as a 12-year-old and was captured by the human drama emanating from The Cornfield, Bloody Lane, and Burnside’s Bridge. Little could I have imagined that a day would come when I would live near this sacred place and have the privilege to serve among the select group of scholars, historians, and writers comprising the Antietam Battlefield Guides.

I especially enjoy working with families, and helping all guests to gain a contextualized view of the battle of Antietam in American history—to understand anew the timeless nature of the human struggle for justice and freedom. Together, we’ll share some humor and maybe even a few tears in consideration of the great sacrifices made by our ancestors.

Passionate communication marks my every day. As the senior pastor of a church of 1100 people, and the head coach of a three-time state championship high school cross country program, I need to daily bring an enthusiasm for the activity at hand. The same applies to a tour around America’s most pristine Civil War battlefield.

Driving north on the old Hagerstown Turnpike, I’ll be sure to introduce you to my favorite guy on the battlefield: Abner Doubleday (pictured). I am in the latter stages of writing a biography about this very interesting Civil War general.

So, do come and visit! You will walk away enriched in your knowledge of history, encouraged by the valor of those who gave all for their ideals, and resolved to preserve such national treasures as this place called “Antietam.”

Dr. Randy Buchman

5 responses

  1. Dr Buchman,

    Look forward to being with you on Monday. There will be four of us-along with myself, my two sons(Brad and Brian) and a grandson(Jake). My grandson, Jake, is a senior in high school and runs track so I am sure he will enjoy talking with you and your successes in cross country coaching. Antietam will be our first of three battlefields we plan to visit during the fourth of July week. We also plan to tour Gettysburg and maybe Manassas. I have some photos of Antietam taken right after the battle so it would be interesting to see what those particular sites look like today. They include the fence on Hagerstown Pike, Bloody Lane, Dr. Miller’s House, and Dunker Church.

    See you on Monday.

    Fred Fenn

  2. Randy,

    About 6 years ago you gave a tour to one of my co-workers and myself when we were back east for business. We have booked you again for Nov. 7 of this year. See you soon.

    -Jon Fleckal

  3. Dr. Buchman,
    Looking outward to our tour. Can you recommend a non-fiction history book I could read to prepare for our tour?

    Tim Brady

    1. Hello Tim: There are several you might choose from. For an overview of the battle within the context of the campaign there is “Crossroads of Freedom” by James McPherson. An older overview — a book that is criticized by some as too anti-McClellan, yet still very good in my view — is “Landscape Turned Red” by Sears. And a more detailed and comprehensive study is “To Antietam Creek: The Maryland Campaign of September 1862″ by Harwig ……. this latter being hailed as the best work ever on the battle. I’ll look forward to meeting you and showing you where the 1st Alaska regiment went into the battle! :)

  4. Thank you. Currently reading “Battle of Antietam” staff ride guide by Ted Ballard. Will read your suggested also. Looking forward to our visit.

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