Civil War History: C-SPAN 3 Channel: Battle of Antietam 150th Anniversary Sept 15-16, 2012

Antietam National Battlefield Tour - Sept. 15 at 6pm & 10pm ET & Sept. 16 at 10am ET - Preview

Historians Brooks Simpson and Mark Grimsley lead a group on a day-long tour of Antietam National Battlefield, the 1862 engagement that is considered the bloodiest single day in American history.

Visiting key locations at the National Park, including the Cornfield, Sunken Lane and Burnside Bridge, the historians use the landscape and demonstrations to show what the battle was like for the armies on the ground


Sunday, September 16, 2012

LIVE - Battle of Antietam 150th Anniversary

Sharpsburg, Maryland

American History TV will be LIVE this Sunday, September 16, from noon to 8:30pm ET at the Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg, Maryland, covering events marking the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam.

The battle took place September 17, 1862, and was the bloodiest day of fighting in American history.

President Lincoln took advantage of the Union strategic victory to issue the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation a few days later.

Guests–including Civil War historian James McPherson and Howard University history professor Edna Greene Medford–will take viewer calls and tweets.

Here’s the schedule:

12:00 pm Remarks: Dwight Pitcaithley, Former National Park Service Chief Historian

1:00 pm Viewer Calls & Tweets: Keith Snyder, Antietam National Battlefield Park Ranger

2:00 pm Remarks: Kathleen Ernst, Author, “Too Afraid to Cry: Maryland Civilians in the Antietam Campaign”

3:00 pm Viewer Calls & Tweets: Edna Greene Medford, Howard University History Professor and Co-Author, “The Emancipation Proclamation: Three Views”

4:00 pm Remarks: Mark Neely, Author, “Lincoln and the Triumph of the Nation: Constitutional Conflict in the American Civil War”

5:00 pm Viewer Calls & Tweets: Helena Zinkham, Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Chief

5:30 pm Viewer Calls & Tweets: James McPherson, Civil War Historian & Author, “Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam”

6:15 pm Viewer Calls & Tweets: Harold Holzer, Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation Chairman and Author, “Emancipating Lincoln: The Proclamation in Text, Context & Memory”

7:00 pm Remarks: James McPherson, Civil War Historian & Author, “Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era” and Edwin Bearss, Former National Park Service Chief Historian and Author, “Fields of Honor: Pivotal Battles of the Civil War”

These LIVE programs will re-air at 8:30pm ET Sunday evening.

You can watch the programs broadcast on the CSPAN 3 American TV History internet website at the same times they are aired on TV, in case you’re Cable Provider doesn’t carry CPAN 3.

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