One of the rangers at Antietam NBP kindly contacted me with
fuller information on my recent posting about the replanting of
portions of the historic Piper Orchard.
His comments are immediately attached.
Your humble servant,
G. E. (Gerry) Mayers,
Nelson's Signal Company,
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----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, December 09, 2002 4:45 PM
> Mr. Mayers,
> I saw your post on the Antietam Digest and here is some
background for you:
> Some info on the Piper Orchard: The park is replanting seven
> original seventeen acres this year. We started a few weeks ago
> trees that were shipped from Michigan. A hard freeze and heavy
> last week put a halt to the operation with the count of
> out of 317 trees planted. We are hoping the weather breaks
before the end
> of the year so we can get the rest of the trees in the ground.
> are three to four foot 'whips' and the holes have been drilled
> ground so we can just drop the trees in and move on to the next
> I also noticed in your post a comment about the Cornfield. The
> of the Cornfield are clearly marked w/ the proper historic
fence lines and
> the size of the field is about twenty-six acres, not forty as
> been led to believe for years by historians. The Natural
> Division at Antietam works w/ local farmers in the area and
leases out land
> on the battlefield. This year the Cornfield was planted in
corn, last year
> soy beans. The determination is made by the farmer depending
> Upcoming projects include reforestation of the West Woods (in
the past five
> yrs. we have had 9,ooo volunteers plant over 15,000 trees!) as
> replanting of the North Woods to start next spring.
> You can pass this info on to the group if you would like and if
> any other questions, drop me a line.
> Brian Baracz
> Park Ranger Antietam Battlefield