Next Stop: Antietam

August 27, 2012 at 5:01 pm Leave a comment

Parker Hills (left) and Terry Winschel, who expertly led the study tour to Gettysburg, will return in 2013 for a trip to Antietam.

I got home from Gettysburg on Sunday night and immediately began inundating my husband with stories about how the Union generals exhibited leadership, stories about heroic acts by individual soldiers, stories about how the citizens of Gettysburg coped with the battle. I even threw in a bit about military strategy, much to his shock.

I’m hoping my enthusiasm was catching, because Saturday night, the Alumni Association’s travel and education staff announced next year’s Civil War Study Trip: to Antietam, site of the bloodiest one-day battle in U.S. history. Side trips to Harpers Ferry and South Mountain are expected, too.

The faculty leaders, once again, will be the entertaining and knowledgeable Terry Winschel ’77 and Parker Hills, who are responsible for my Sunday night dinner conversation. The dates are Oct. 16–20, 2013 (that’s the off weekend for the football team), and registration begins on Nov. 1. You can click here for more information as it becomes available.

I’ll be ready. (I just need to check The Penn Stater publishing schedule …) I can’t walk out of a bookstore empty-handed, so Saturday night at the battlefield’s visitor center, I consulted with Nancy Crago ’88, who was consulting a list of her 200 Civil War books before making her purchase. She said my next read should be Battle Cry of Freedom, a one-volume history of the entire Civil War by James McPherson. (It won the Pulitzer Prize.) Her suggestion was enthusiastically seconded by everyone within earshot, so I bought it.

It’s on my (large) reading pile. If anyone has additional recommendations, let me know in the comments.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

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