SHAF Announcement Regarding the Passing of Nancy Hammond Murfin

November 3, 2021

SHAF Members,

We are saddened to announce that long-time supporter of SHAF, Nancy Hammond Murfin has passed away. She was the widow of James V. Murfin; Antietam scholar and author of the 1965 classic study of  Antietam, Gleam of Bayonets. Nancy was born and raised near the  battlefield, and she helped SHAF immensely from our early days until her death. She asked that contributions in her honor be directed to Save Historic Antietam Foundation, Inc. Her daughter, Nancy Murfin Cardaro, an Antietam volunteer, will personally acknowledge all gifts. She will be missed.

Donations to SHAF can be made here.

SHAF Work Day, October 23, 2021

October 22, 2021

SHAF Work Day Saturday, Oct. 23 9:00 until 4:00. Same location as Spring, Reel farm across from the Park entrance. PLEASE park in the grass on the Poffenberger tract across the Pike from the temporary VC. Bring gloves, water, tools, dress for the weather, cancelled if heavy rain. Call 301-331-3877 for questions.

The Historical Importance of Newly Preserved Land at Antietam

September 29, 2021

On the southern side of the town of Sharpsburg the Antietam National Battlefield’s boundary is on the east side of the Harpers Ferry Rd. This fact leads to the mistaken belief that there was only fighting on that side of the road, which of course, is incorrect. The crest of the ridge along which the Harpers Ferry Rd. runs was an ideal location for Confederate artillery engaged in repulsing Ninth Corps’ final attack on the afternoon of September 17, 1862. These lots that we have purchased is on the final location of Capt. John B. Richardson’s 2nd Company, Washington Artillery of New Orleans. With the arrival of A. P. Hill’s Confederate division, the 28th North Carolina Regiment fought in the road in front of these lots. As the quote below illustrates, the batteries to the left of Richardson were captured and Confederates driven across the road to the west side of the Harpers Ferry Rd., but with the successful attack of  Hill’s Confederate division, the Union attack was driven back the east side of the road and the guns restored to position on the ridge located where we have purchased these lots.

“… I was ordered in a position to the right of McIntosh’s and Brown’s batteries. If you have the location of these two, you have only to place my position on the right. We held that position until the Federal forces made that magnificent charge, passing over McIntosh’s and Browns positions, the left of the Federal line missing my battery about 100 yards, which enabled me to save my battery, by throwing it to the right, around some hay stacks and move to the rear. My next position was in the new line formed, which captured this position back. These were the only positions that I occupied on the ground. Remained there, as you will remember, the next day and then withdrew at night with the Confederate forces. In locating my position in front of the bridge, I have recollection that there was a ravine at the rear of the battery, in which I protected my caissons and ammunition. If I were on the spot, I think I could locate it to a nicety.

           Yours respectfully,

           John B Richardson, Capt. Commanding 2nd Battery Washington Artillery of New Orleans at the Battle of Sharpsburg”[1]

The position of the 28th North Carolina is documented by their commander at the time, Col. James H. Lane;

“Almost immediately after we halted, Gen. A.P. Hill dashed up from the direction of Sharpsburg, & ordered me to move at a double quick in the direction of Sharpsburg, & defend an unsupported battery in an open field to the left, & drive back the enemy who was advancing through the field of corn on the right. I halted in front of the battery & threw out skirmishers in the corn.

           Yours very respectfully, James H. Lane[2]

Our lots about about an acre on the ground where Richardson’s battery is located on this map.


[1] Richardson to Ezra Carman, April, 1896

[2] Lane to Ezra Carman Feb. 1900

SHAF Annual Meeting Link

September 28, 2021

Greetings SHAF members!

Below is the link for our September 29 Zoom annual meeting.  If you don’t have Zoom, the link should direct you to download it or better yet, install the software ahead of time from the Zoom website. Please use the audio only option when opening Zoom.  This will save bandwidth for the Tom and the other presenters during the meeting.  There is a comment and question session at the end.  We hope to see many of you attending.  

During the meeting, members will get the chance to bid on this donated bowl, handmade from an Antietam battlefield tree. The regular price is $250. Bidding will begin at $200. SHAF will pay for shipping.

Tom Clemens is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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SHAF Annual Meeting Update

August 31, 2021

Greetings SHAF members!

            Your Board of Directors spent considerable time this summer planning for an annual membership meeting this fall, since we were unable to meet last spring. We made a lot of plans;  a speaker on an interesting aspect of the MD Campaign, some great raffle items, books for sale, a battlefield walk to show you the property we just bought, etc. Unfortunately, the Washington County positivity rate for Covid 19 is over 8% and we are the second largest “hot spot” in Maryland for this disease. Under these circumstances we just could not endanger everyone’s health by having a large gathering, even in a barn!

            We would like to hear from you, and to hold some kind of meeting, and are thinking about doing on-line meeting via Zoom. We could at least show you pictures of the property, maybe do an on-line silent auction of some goodies, elect a board for the coming year, etc. We propose doing this on Thursday, Sept. 30 at 7:00 p.m. We will try to keep it short, and will definitely allow time for comments, questions, etc. (If you don’t have Zoom software, it is free and safe. We will send you a link to click on, and the rest is easy.)

            Our progress towards the $15,000. Matching grant for the purchase of the house on Harpers Ferry Road is going well, but we aren’t there yet. Please, if you haven’t already donated towards this purchase, please do so soon. Thank you!

            We also hope to share some more good news with you soon.