Recap of March 13, 2021 SHAF Work Day

March 20, 2021

Members and volunteers of the Save Historic Antietam Foundation completed their first work day of 2021 on property owned by the American Battlefield Trust, who allowed us to do the work. The group, which included students from Boonsboro High School’s Rho Kappa History Society and members of the 5th New York Volunteer Infantry (Duryee’s Zouaves), cleared trees, fence lines, and rock ledges on property known during the Battle of Antietam as Reel Ridge.

Reel Ridge served as a Confederate artillery position throughout the battle and was also the location of the Army of Northern Virginia’s final line on the evening of September 17, 1862.

Thanks to everyone who came out to support our efforts!

Dennis Frye, Ken Derrenbacher, Mike Chancey, and Boonsboro High School students during the work day

A view of the improved sight line

SHAF Workday Scheduled for Saturday, March 13, 2021

January 30, 2021

The Save Historic Antietam Foundation’s next volunteer workday will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 13, 2021. All volunteers will meet at the appointed time in the Antietam National Battlefield Visitor Center parking lot.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, face masks are required and social distancing guidelines will be followed. As usual, dress for the weather, bring gloves, tools, and water.

This workday will be postponed if heavy rain occurs or is predicted. Stay tuned to the SHAF website and our Facebook page for further information and updates.

SHAF Statement Regarding the Destruction and Defacing of Civil War Monuments

December 20, 2020

Antietam, Harpers Ferry, South Mountain and Shepherdstown Battlefields, were scenes of major conflict during the Maryland Campaign of 1862. When these battlefields were recognized as historic sites where thousands of American lives were lost, and many thousands more forever changed, various groups chose to commemorate these places. The first commemoration, arguably, was to create cemeteries, to which the remains of those buried on the field were removed. After many years, statues, monuments and markers were erected to recognize the sacrifice and valor displayed by American soldiers at these sites. SHAF believes that any place Americans fought, bled, and died becomes hallowed ground, and thus are entitled to the solemnity accorded cemeteries. As recently as ten years ago, partial remains of soldiers were discovered on these sacred fields, demonstrating this land is still, essentially, hallowed ground.

We believe removing any vestige of one side on Civil War battlefields would present a distorted version of America’s greatest internal conflict. Rather than remove the commemorative artifacts of previous generations, we need to contextualize and interpret the past to advance education and support preservation. We therefore deplore the vandalizing of any statue or monument on this ground and oppose their removal. We instead call for a more thorough understanding through additional interpretive markers explaining the evolution of societal values and the power of historical memory.

Film Supports SHAF

June 17, 2020

Support quality history-based filmmaking and Antietam at the same time!

The well-received short film “Hold My Horse”, based on the life of Gen. Israel Richardson, is a perfect diversion for current times! It represents good history, a good story, and good material culture all at once.

The film has garnered glowing reviews from both Civil War News and Military Images magazines. It depicts an account by Dan Crotty, color sergeant in the 3rd and later 5th Michigan Infantries, of how Gen. Richardson (Christian Stolte, Chicago Fire, Public Enemies) taught a lesson to an overly ambitious young officer – all with Richardson’s trademark laid-back humor.

Even better, Look Around You Ventures, the company behind “Hold My Horse”, is donating 30% of gross receipts. These are split equally between Historic Fort Wayne, Detroit (where Richardson entered service), and Save Historic Antietam Foundation (where he was mortally wounded).

Check out the film today and help support historic preservation at the same time! https://vimeo.com/ondemand/holdmyhorse

SHAF Helps Clear Non-Historic Tree lines on ABT Property

May 26, 2020

Save Historic Antietam Foundation volunteers have recently been active clearing non-historic trees from the American Battlefield Trust’s property across Dunker Church Road from the Antietam National Battlefield Visitor Center. View the gallery below for updated images of the property.

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