About the Author

792301_10200510352905671_860803334_oThis site is dedicated to keeping alive the memories, experiences, and sacrifices of those veterans–North and South–who gave so much in and around Antietam’s Cornfield.  It seeks to bring to life the experiences of those men and units who were there that day on September 17th, 1862, when D. R. Miller’s farm field was for several hours the most dangerous place to be on earth, becoming forever after “The Cornfield.”

This site was created, and is contributed to, by David A. Welker.  If you have any questions, thoughts, comments, or ideas, please contact David via email or through his personal Facebook.

If you enjoy David’s Civil War history on this blog, check out his books, which are available on Amazon.com and other booksellers.

My Books Include:


Tempest at Ox Hill: the Battle of Chantilly – This book tells the story of the 1862 battle that was fought in a tremendous thunderstorm and which claimed the lives of two of the Union’s most promising generals, Isaac I. Stevens and Philip Kearny. You can purchase your own copy here.



A Keystone Rebel: the Civil War Journal of Joseph Garey, Mississippi Volunteers – Joseph Garey was a young man who was born in Pennsylvania–not  far from Gettysburg–but who fought for his adopted state of Mississippi.  His journal takes us along on his journey from a naïve young man to a battle-tested veteran who grows sick of war. You can purchase your own copy here.


Coming Soon The Cornfield: Antietam’s Bloody Turning Point – This work (to be published by Casemate Publishers, Philadelphia and Oxford, in spring 2020) will explore how and why a once-bucolic Maryland farmer’s cornfield became a national symbol of the tremendous human cost that two nations paid in blood to resolve their differences.


Speaking Engagements:

David is an experienced, engaging speaker who is available to share the stories of his books, articles, and other Civil War topics with your group upon request.  Please contact him via email.


Private and group tours by David are available upon request, for both half- and full-day experiences.  Similarly, tailored tours–focusing in-depth on a particular action, unit, or leader–are available upon request.  Prices vary depending on group size and desired length.   David offers tours of these battlefields; contact him via email:

  • Antietam
  • Gettysburg
  • Manassas/Bull Run (both battles)
  • Fredericksburg
  • Chantilly/Ox Hill
  • Petersburg

Use of Material from “Antietam’s Cornfield:”

Readers are welcome to copy, share, repost, and use the articles posted in “Antietam’s Cornfield” to spread the story of this battle and its participants.  However, please credit any material used to: David A. Welker, “Antietam’s Cornfield Blog,” WordPress.com.