17 year old Private Charles F Cleveland of the 26th New York Infantry was later awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery in carrying the colors at Antietam and was wounded there.

His picture here is from 1899 when he was Chief of the Utica, NY Police Department. It’s from a Sketch of the Utica Police Force posted to Facebook by the Department in December 2020.

A photograph from the Library of Congress of a signal station atop John G. Barnwell’s house in Beaufort, SC some time after 5 December 1861 when Federal troops occupied the town.

There was more than one John G. Barnwell in Beaufort before the war, but this house probably belonged to Captain John Gibbes Barnwell who was Ordnance Officer to General Pendleton on the Maryland Campaign.

This carte de visite (CDV) of Robert F. Hoke wearing Lieutenant Colonel’s stars is in the North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives at the University of North Carolina.

Hoke commanded the 33rd North Carolina Infantry at Sharpsburg and was a Major General by the end of the war.

QuickPix: William H Jones

6 January 2021

Lieutenant William H Jones of the 23rd New York Infantry was shot in the left lung at Antietam, a wound which contributed to his early death at age 27 in 1867. This photograph of him was offered for sale on ebay in January 2021.

Riley Johnson owned the Johnson House, a hotel near the railroad depot in Ogdensburg, NY before the war. Captain Johnson led Company K of the 6th New York Cavalry in Maryland in 1862; they were detailed as Headquarters Escort for General Sumner, 2nd Army Corps.

The hotel photograph is from the Ogdensburg Public Library, published in David E. Martin’s Ogdensburg (Arcadia, Images of America series, 2003); the clipping from the Ogdenburg Daily Journal of 25 March 1885.

This photograph of Colonel Patrick R Guiney, 9th Massachusetts Infantry, is part of the Guiney Family Collection in the Holy Cross Rare Books Archives, and was hosted online by author Christian Samito.

Major Thomas W Hyde led the 7th Maine Infantry on an ill-advised and deadly charge at Antietam and was later awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions there. This c. 1864 tinted photograph is in the Maine State Archives.

General Alexander Shaler of New York is shown here on a page from Harper’s Weekly of 19 December 1874 on the occasion of his presence in Chicago to help that city’s Fire Department reorganize after a (another) major fire in July of that year. That page is online thanks to Terry Gregory on Chicagology.

Colonel Shaler commanded the 65th New York Infantry on the 1862 Maryland Campaign.

These are Colonel Henry Fowler (left) and two other officers, unidentified, in a wartime photograph at the Library of Congress. Lieutenant Colonel Henry T Fowler led the 63rd New York Infantry, part of the famous Irish Brigade, at Antietam, where he was wounded in the arm.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Antietam on the Web (AotW).

My work online about the battle began in 1992 with a collection of text files, but I consider the birthday of AotW to be 1 November 1996 when I first launched the website.

That first site on a free service called GeoCities consisted of 3 simple battlefield maps, profiles of about 100 senior officers, a basic order of battle, and some text exhibits.  It’s somewhat larger in depth and scope now.

A decade later, in March 2006, I started posting here on behind AotW as accompaniment. So the blog celebrates a big anniversary, too, now in its 15th year.

I plan to keep adding to Antietam on the Web and occasionally blogging for at least a couple more years, so I hope both my readers will stick around for that.