1358Re: Gathland - correction
- May 2, 2004Paula,
Actually it's an Arch, a monument and memorial all rolled into one
as Gath intended, sort of mixed metaphor. No shrinkling violet,
Townsend's name appears on it twice.
Several years back I published an extensive article on the old boy
in Maryland Historical Magazine entitled "One Man's Battlefield,"
long out of print. If you'd like I could dig around in the hard
drive and see if I still have the text. Could send it as an email
attachment. It's everything you never wanted to know about Gath and
Gapland, as well the damage he did to the battlefield.
Last fall the metaphor became further mixed when a bronze plaque was
unveiled at the park to commemorate journalists who died during the
recent (ongoing?) Iraq War. A few politicos wanted to make hay at
the expense of history. I disseminated an editorial rebuttal to the
event, but in the long run it had no effect. Done deal. I could send
the editorial also if of any use. Gerry Regan of the Wild Goose
website aided mightily in getting it out before I got online.
Another article posing Townsend in battlefield context will appear
in Catoctin History magazine this June. I maintain a love-hate
relationship with the Lord of Gapland. Let me know your needs or
wants. Happy to oblige.
--- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, 128thpa@c... wrote:
> Ooops - that is Correspondents Memorial Arch. I know they didn't
build a monument to the correspondence of the war - but sometimes I
think they should. The letters home are often what gets me
interested in a subject!
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