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I am a typical teenager with a particular interest in the Civil war, especially the Battle of Antietam. I am a huge fanatic of music and art. The way I see it, music and art is what creates individuality and color in every human being. I am one to be fairly outgoing but I do have my shy sides. My biggest goal in life is to succeed and actually get outside and explore what God has created for mankind to explore and live off of. I'm very reasonable and am really ambitious. I like meeting new people, and always look forward to making new friends. I am definitely a people person and I love expressing myself whether it be through music, fashion, or even writing. Maybe you will experience a new side of me?

Monday, April 9, 2012

On this day in history April 9 2012

I figured I would try this. It's a great way for me to learn something new everyday.

  • On April 9, 1865, exactly 147 years ago to this day, General Robert E. Lee of the Army of Northern Virginia surrenders his nearly 27,000 troops to General Ulysses S. Grant (future U.S. president) at Appomattox Courthouse in the state of Virginia, ending the Civil War.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Dusk at Antietam Battlefield

     After taking a trip with my father to Antietam this evening, I have come to realize that Antietam is one of the most beautiful, sensational, and chilling places to be at at dusk. 
Passing by the Dunker Church with its doors opened, presenting the overcasting shadows from the trees, gave me a sense of appeasement with Fall's fresh, lingering air. We both enjoyed our time capturing the silhouettes of the regimental monuments, as well as the trees of the West Woods. The crickets chirped, and the tree leaves gently swung along with the brisk breeze.
What a nice way to spend a lovely October evening. :)

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Support our troops

   The other day, I was walking into McDonald's and I found myself witnessing something truly upsetting. As I was opening the door to walk in, I saw a young man in a wheel chair being pushed out by what seemed to have been his father. He was missing both of his legs. I was happy enough to hold the door open for him and as I was doing so, I immediately thought to myself that he was most likely serving part of his time over seas. He thanked me, and doing something so simple for him made me feel truly grateful because he had been doing something grateful for us; protecting our freedom. I decided to make this post just to say that freedom isn't free. Our troops have to sacrifice what they have to give us that freedom we have today. Please support our troops, and always thank a soldier whenever you see one. Your kind regards can really make a difference.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Volunteering at the Pry House

   I have engaged in an amazing opportunity; I am going to be turning to the dark side. By the dark side, I mean volunteering at the Pry House Field Hospital Museum! I am very excited for this wonderful opportunity since I have a pretty big interest in medicine whether it be historical, modern, or even future remedies. I am currently in the process of studying for this wonderful experience. Seeing how I am still a student, I have learned so much, but I already do feel encouraged and determined to teach others about the incredible medical remedies they had at the time of the Civil War. I have already turned in my volunteer application and have received two very informational books regarding the Civil War Museum of Medicine located in Frederick, as well as a book targeted on the challenges and triumphs of Civil War Medicine. I think I will be spending a lot of my time, despite school, reading and taking notes on what I learn. I am proud that I've officially put my foot down and have taken a stand for what I am naturally good at, it's brought me plenty of opportunities and I am very thankful for that. I also wanted to take the time to thank Audrey Scanlan-Teller, as well as Kyle Wichtendahl for all that they've done to help me get where I am officially starting to begin.
   This is going to be good.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Ford's Theatre's Hartzog Awards

Today was an incredible journey, not just for me, but for my dad and our group of friends who are also members of Antietam's popular Battery B, 4th United States Artillery Living History Group!
We all had taken a trip to DC this fine day on August 18 for the Hartzog Awards being held at the famous Ford's Theatre where President Abraham Lincoln had been assassinated. Our team had been nominated by Christie Stanczak for Outstanding Group competing against Canal Quartermasters of the C&O Canal NHP. We all anxiously awaited until about 10:45 when we were called in to the theatre. We were given a brief orientation of the history of Ford's Theatre and I had learned so much more than what I had known before. When we were all called up to go on stage, it was like a fantasy. We had been standing on the famous platform where John Wilkes Booth had jumped and landed after shooting Lincoln.
After about a few moments, we were announced as the winning group and I could see everyone's faces light up as the audience began to applaud. I couldn't have felt even more proud for our group of wonderful volunteers. Before we proceeded back to our seats, we received a nice wooden plaque that we immediately decided to bring back to Antietam, and we got our picture taken directly under the presidential box in which Abraham Lincoln had been seated in.
All in all, it was a proud day for us all. It is definitely a day in which myself, and the whole Antietam family will never forget. Congratulations Battery B, 4th United States Artillery Living History Group!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

My first entry.

Well, I guess I should welcome myself to blogspot. I am still contemplating a name for this newly made blog.
Everyday is a new adventure for me, and as each day passes, I always seem to learn something new. Learning is a huge passion of mine, which must be why I have such a wide variety of interests. This past year, I've learned so many new things. I've managed to learn how to drive my dad's SI which is incorporated with a standard transmission, which not a lot of people know how to drive. I've learned new things in school, and I always learn something new when I visit one of my most favorite places, Antietam Battlefield. Today, a good friend of mine taught me how to assemble and put together a Civil War musket, as well as to clean it. It's a really interesting process, and I've taken quite a good interpretation of it.
Volunteering teaches me something new each time I visit the park. It's quite an amazing experience and I am very fortunate to be apart of the growing Antietam family. With all that I have learned, and am continuously learning, I hope to pursue a never ending hobby of history. It's quite a gander what you learn when you visit a National Park, especially Antietam; you would never expect what had actually happened almost 149 years ago. One of the most beautiful, scenic, and rural landscapes in America had actually witnessed one of the most bloodiest battles in American military history. As I've stated before, I am thankful for what I have learned thus far, and I am so excited to see what else is in store for me to learn about in the near future.