I first visited Antietam in 1968 as a 13-year-old from New Jersey 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 school groups. And it is a pleasure to help guests of all types 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 surrounding some of the quirky personalities of many of the primary characters, even while it is not unusual to shed a few tears in consideration of the great sacrifices made by our forebears.
Driving north on the old Hagerstown Turnpike, I’ll be sure to introduce you to my favorite guy on the battlefield: Abner Doubleday. I have researched and composed a nearly-completed biography about this very interesting Civil War general.
Passionate communication has been the necessary goal of my life endeavors. I serve as the senior pastor of a church of about 700 people, having also for many years been the head coach of a three-time state championship high school cross country program. Baseball is an additional passion as well, and for many years I wrote opinion articles in coverage of the Baltimore Orioles for an online sports network.
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