4911Re: The Battlefield of Antietam pub. by O. T. Reilly 1906 Written by R.C. Miller
- Aug 4, 2008Stephen et al,
Thanks to everyone especially Stephen for this history! If I win it,
I will let you know which version it is. The ad says it is 32 pages.
--- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, Stephen Recker <recker@...>
> This volume was originally published in 1906 by R.C. Reilly of the
> Jenny Wade house in Gettysburg. That same year O.T. Reilly started
> publish the book and sold it with his blue stamp on the back insidecopy
> Very soon after, O.T. took out ten pages of photos and added his
> battlefield narrative and a printed copyright. If you can get a
> before O.T. took out those pictures you have a real gem. There is,for
> example, the earliest photo I know of showing the Iron Brigade'sRocky
> Ledge on the west side of the Hagerstown Pike.wonderful
> The earlier versions including O.T.'s narrative still have a
> array of battlefield views. The narrative, written by O.T., is fromthem
> personal accounts he gathered over the years. You can take some of
> with a grain of salt, but I would use the same salt lick for anystory
> I have ever heard about the battle, so read them, share them, enjoy.the
> Later versions, still, are detectable by the lack of a copyright on
> inside back cover. It was moved to the last page next to theBivouac of
> the Dead poem. Same photos but inferior paper - less glossy thancolumns.
> earlier versions. The narrative has some spelling changes and a few
> small text omissions. Under the photos, the text is now in two
> The big tell (publishing date-wise) is that the photo of the Dunker1906
> Church now has a caption telling about how it was blown down in a
> blizzard in the 1920s. (Hardly something to be found in a circa
> The very latest version is the one reprinted by the Park Service,
> probably around 1970. Same exact book, just a really crummy
> job. You can usually find these on eBay for about $15-$20.in
> I think it is a really great book to have. Some classic images and
> entertaining stories. Martin Burgan published a similar guidebook
> 1906. It has better photography but lacks O.T.'s narrative. It'spretty
> rare, so grab it when you can.
> Stephen Recker
> On Sunday, August 3, 2008, at 04:59 PM, eighth_conn_inf wrote:
> > Does anyone have this old picture book? What is its value re the
> > battle? Is it worth buying?
> > Thanks,
> > Larry F.
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