It’s very hard to write about something in a new way that’s already been written about extensively, sometimes to the point of exhaustion. While that may present a roadblock, or even an impassable obstacle to many writers, for those experienced at academic writing, it’s no big thing.
Proper Nouns General Ambrose Burnside
“General Ambrose Burnside was no stranger to attacks, and he himself had been wounded while serving in Nevada and California in 1849. During a skirmish with Apache Indians, Burnside took an arrow in the neck. He obviously lived, but that experience no doubt put the realities of war at the forefront of his mind, perhaps more so than other generals, Union or Confederate, that hadn’t seen such action early in their careers.”
Use Years What's left of the Allegheny Arsenal today
“While Antietam was the single bloodiest day in the Civil War, another event was about to occur further north that would prove to be the single largest disaster involving civilians in the whole conflict. At 2 PM, around the time that A.P. Hill’s exhausted Light Division finished their march from Harper’s Ferry, the Allegheny Arsenal exploded near Pittsburgh, killing 78 young women.”
Side Subjects Parrott Rifles
“Cannons awoke anyone in the Sharpsburg area when the battle started around 5:30 AM. Two guns that surely awoke soldiers and citizens alike were the twenty parrot rifles being fired from 2 miles east. These 20-pound cannon were invented by Captain Robert Parker Parrott just two years earlier, and with a barrel that weighed in excess of 1,800 pounds, it was the largest of the field cannons used by either side during the Civil War.”
Eicher, David J. The Longest Night: A Military History of the Civil War. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001.
Jones, Terry L. Historical Dictionary of the Civil War. Scarecrow Press, 2002. p1047.
O'Neill, Brian (May 15, 2011). "Passions stirred anew for an old log house". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved May 28, 2011.
Pritchard Jr, Russ A. Civil War Weapons and Equipment. Globe Pequit Press, 2003. p 82
Sears, Stephen W. Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1983.