When: September 12
Where: Otterbein University, Towers Hall 3rd floor. Room 318. Westerville Ohio 43081
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Speaker: Tom Clemens
Topic: Ezra Carman and the Maryland Campaign of 1862
In 1862 Ezra Carman was the Colonel of the 13th New Jersey Infantry Regiment, and led this rookie regiment into combat in the battle of Antietam. After 32 years had elapsed, Carman was hired by the War Department to document the official history of the battle, create a set of maps and lay out a tour route of the battlefield. Devoting eight years of his life to this task, Carman produced the text for the cast iron tablets still marking the field today, and produced 14 maps marking the various positions of the troops throughout the battle. Working with other members of the Battlefield Board, he interviewed veterans, requested memoirs, and wrote innumerable letters in his quest to ascertain the “true” history of the battle of Antietam.
Presenting a brief history of Ezra Carman and his work is Dr. Thomas Clemens, Professor of History at Hagerstown Community College. Tom has worked at HCC for 29 years, and has also taught at Salisbury University and George Mason University. He has been named three times to Who’s Who Among American Teachers, has written several articles and is a frequent speaker at Civil War seminars and Civil War Round Tables. Carman’s manuscript was the topic of Tom’s doctoral dissertation at George Mason University, and he has published an edited version of it. Tom has also worked with Save Historic Antietam Foundation Inc., a battlefield preservation organization, for 21 years, having served as president since 1989.