November 2019 Meeting – James A. Rosebrock

For our November meeting, National Park Service certified battlefield guide Jim Rosebrock highlights the role of the US Regulars artillery during the Battle of Antietam.

Meeting time: Tuesday, November 12, 2019; 7:30 p.m.

Location: Thomas Balch Library, 208 West Market Street, Leesburg, Virginia

Topic: “A Severe and Damaging Fire – The Regular Artillery at the Battle of

The regular army artillery were the professional artillerymen of the United States Army.  During the Civil War, there were 60 regular artillery companies in five different regiments.  Twenty-six of these companies fought at Antietam and were one-third of the artillery force on the Union side.  These batteries played a crucial role in the success of the Union effort at Antietam.  In this presentation we will learn about several of these batteries, the officers and men who played an important role at the Battle of Antietam.  The batteries we will discuss fought at the Cornfield, Sunken Road and at Burnsides Bridge and the Final Attack.

Jim Rosebrock is a 42 year Federal government employee, with over 28 years of supervisory experience as an Army officer and government manager.  Jim has spent the last 27 years with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Born in Buffalo New York, Jim received his undergraduate history degree from Niagara University in 1976.  He was commissioned in the US Army after graduation and held command and staff positions for nine years from 1976 to 1985 in the United States and Germany. His final assignment on active duty was with the 82nd Airborne Division where he served on the division staff and as a company commander.  Jim was deployed to Grenada in 1983 as part of Operation Urgent Fury.  He is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University. Jim completed his military career as an Army Reservist where he retired in 2004 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  His final assignment was as an instructor for the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

Jim resides in Jefferson MD. He is a weekend National Park Service volunteer and is a National Park Service certified battlefield guide at Antietam National Battlefield. Jim was the Chief Guide at the park from 2011 to 2018. He has two Civil War related blogs; South from the North Woods and Antietam Voices which he regularly updates..

Jim is currently writing a book on the history of the regular army artillery batteries at the Battle of Antietam and the role that Henry Hunt played in preparing the Union artillery for the Maryland Campaign.  The proposed title is A Severe and Damaging Fire.


About Craig Swain

"Historical marker hunter" and Civil War enthusiast.
This entry was posted in Monthly Meetings and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.