Gettysburg Historian to address Maryland Campaign of 1862

Posted: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 by: Helene Sheets | Category: Education

On Friday, March 20, at 7 p.m. in the Franciscan Center, historian D. Scott Hartwig, former Gettysburg Supervisory Historian, will address a pivotal moment in the U.S. Civil War in his presentation “To Antietam Creek: The Maryland Campaign of 1862.” The historian and author recently retired after a 34-year career in the National Park Service.

“The Maryland Campaign of September 1862 changed the war and the nation. It lasted only two and one half weeks but contained enough drama, surprises and tragedy in that brief period that its story might have been conceived by a novelist’s pen,” says Mr. Hartwig. “The program will explore the broader contexts that shaped the campaign, the armies that conducted it for which there are considerable misconceptions and the critical command decisions of Generals Robert E. Lee and George McClellan that led to Antietam Creek.”

The last 20 years of his career, Mr. Hartwig served as Gettysburg Park’s Supervisory Historian. He won the regional Freeman Tilden Award for excellence in interpretation in 1993 and was fundamental in the growth of Gettysburg’s onsite interpretation and living history programming, distance and satellite education efforts. Author of To Antietam Creek: The Maryland Campaign from September 3 to September 16 published by Johns Hopkins University Press, Mr. Hartwig has also authored several articles, essays and books on U.S. Civil War subjects and has appeared on the History Channel, Discovery Channel and Pennsylvania Cable Network.

A graduate of the University of Wyoming where he studied Civil War history, Mr. Hartwig is currently working on the sequel to the 800 page in-depth To Antietam Creek. This second installment will cover the Battle of Antietam, its aftermath and the end of the campaign.

To Antietam Creek: The Maryland Campaign from September 3 to September 16 will be available for purchase. Mr. Hartwig will sign books directly after the lecture.

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