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

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  • Stephen Recker
    Larry, That s a good point, Sherlock! Thanks, Stephen ... [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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      Larry,

      That's a good point, Sherlock!

      Thanks,
      Stephen

      On Thursday, August 21, 2008, at 03:02 PM, eighth_conn_inf wrote:

      > Stephen,
      >
      > It is a later printing given your hints esp. the "Old Dunkard Church"
      > caption stating: "Church Destroyed by Windstorm May 23, 1921." The
      > copyright is on the last page also and under the printer's name
      > is "2M-7-35" so maybe it was printed in July 1935--is that possible?
      >
      > Larry
      >
      > --- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, "eighth_conn_inf"
      > <eighth_conn_inf@...> wrote:
      > >
      > > 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@>
      > > wrote:
      > > >
      > > > 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
      > > to
      > > > 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
      > > copy
      > > > 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's
      > > Rocky
      > > > Ledge on the west side of the Hagerstown Pike.
      > > >
      > > > The earlier versions including O.T.'s narrative still have a
      > > wonderful
      > > > array of battlefield views. The narrative, written by O.T., is
      > from
      > > > personal accounts he gathered over the years. You can take some
      > of
      > > them
      > > > with a grain of salt, but I would use the same salt lick for any
      > > story
      > > > 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
      > > the
      > > > 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
      > > columns.
      > > > 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
      > > 1906
      > > > book.)
      > > >
      > > > The very latest version is the one reprinted by the Park Service,
      > > > probably around 1970. Same exact book, just a really crummy
      > > printing
      > > > 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
      > > in
      > > > 1906. It has better photography but lacks O.T.'s narrative. It's
      > > pretty
      > > > 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.
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
      > > >
      > >
      >
      >

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