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  • richard@rcroker.com
    Apr 27, 2007
      While talking about expert battlefield guides, please allow me to pay tribute to Walter Smith. While researching my book, I hired Walter to guide me for two days. He was a good man, with a marvelous sense of humor and respectful guardian of the field and the men who fought there. He was an encyclopedia. On a later trip I wanted to hook up with him again and was told that he had past away, suffering a heart attack at the visitor center while preparing to take another group on another tour.
      I will never forget those two days. The things I learned from him are the spices that are sprinkled throughout the book -- the very things that made the story of a fight into a story of heroes. The next time you visit Ted Alexander in his office, note the photo of Walter on his board.
      "To Make Men Free" is dedicated in part to him and his memory.
      Thank you, Walter, and thank all of you who guard the memory.

      Richard Croker

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: G E Mayers
      To: TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Friday, April 27, 2007 9:19 AM
      Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] 'Expert' battlefield guides

      Thanks for the update Stephen!

      Yr. Obt. Svt.
      G E "Gerry" Mayers

      To Be A Virginian, either by birth, marriage, adoption, or even on
      one's mother's side, is an introduction to any state in the Union, a
      passport to any foreign country, and a benediction from the Almighty
      God. --Anonymous
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Stephen Recker" <recker@...>
      To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Friday, April 27, 2007 9:51 AM
      Subject: [TalkAntietam] 'Expert' battlefield guides

      > Tom,
      > On Wednesday, April 25, 2007, at 11:50 AM, RoteBaron@...
      > wrote:
      >> Be assured that use of the term 'expert' was not my choice. It was
      >> used in the CWRT's original emails, but note that I did not use ii
      >> within the email to this group.
      > You need not shy from the term. You are seen in the group as one.
      > This
      > reminds me of a topic we covered about a year ago as to what makes
      > someone an 'historian'. I think we also discussed why people use the
      > word 'an' before the word 'historian'.
      >> There will be experts along for the trip, including several
      >> Gettysburg
      >> guides and Stephen Recker (head of Antietam guides).
      > Calling me an expert, now you are pushing it. <g>
      > BTW, there is no longer a position of 'director of the guides'. We
      > have
      > folded most of my duties into the bookstore, led by Bob Casey and
      > the
      > other good folks at WMIA. You can now book a tour right there in the
      > book store. The guides retain a three-person advisory committee
      > (Mike
      > Gamble, Jeff Driscoll and myself). Ted Alexander and I still handle
      > recruitment, so if you want to be a guide, let us know.
      > Cheers,
      > Stephen Recker
      > Antietam Battlefield Guides
      > P.O. Box 705
      > Sharpsburg, MD 21782
      > 240-217-3664
      > 800-417-9596
      > http://www.virtualantietam.com
      > http://www.virtualgettysburg.com
      > http://www.anothersoftwaremiracle.com

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