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4911Re: The Battlefield of Antietam pub. by O. T. Reilly 1906 Written by R.C. Miller

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  • eighth_conn_inf
    Aug 4, 2008
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      Stephen 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.

      Larry F.

      --- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, Stephen Recker <recker@...>
      > Larry,
      > 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 inside
      > cover.
      > 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,
      > example, the earliest photo I know of showing the Iron Brigade's
      > Ledge on the west side of the Hagerstown Pike.
      > The earlier versions including O.T.'s narrative still have a
      > array of battlefield views. The narrative, written by O.T., is from
      > 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 any
      > I have ever heard about the battle, so read them, share them, enjoy.
      > Later versions, still, are detectable by the lack of a copyright on
      > inside back cover. It was moved to the last page next to the
      Bivouac of
      > the Dead poem. Same photos but inferior paper - less glossy than
      > 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 Dunker
      > 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
      > book.)
      > 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.
      > 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's
      > 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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