Bridgewater College police chief to make presentation at 150th anniversary of Antietam

It was the bloodiest single day in American history. In 12 gruesome hours on Sept. 17, 1862, approximately 23,000 Americans from the North and the South were killed, wounded or lost in action at the battle of Antietam in Maryland.

On Sept. 14 at 3:30 p.m., in commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the battle, Nicholas Picerno, police chief at Bridgewater College, will join a slate of distinguished historians for presentations at the site of the battle between the Union forces of Gen. George McClellan and the Army of Northern Virginia commanded by Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Picerno’s presentation will focus on the participation in the battle of the 10th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment, and the death of Gen. Joseph K.F. Mansfield, commander of the 12th Corps of the Army of the Potomac. Picerno is considered the nation’s foremost expert on the 10th Maine.

“September 17, 1862, was a watershed in our nation’s history,” Picerno said. “I am delighted to have been invited to present at the National Park’s 150th anniversary program on one regiment’s story and share their dauntless experiences on that fateful day.”

Information on the 150th anniversary of the battle and the programs to commemorate it may be obtained from the Antietam National Battlefield website at

Bridgewater College is a private, four-year liberal arts college located in the Central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Founded in 1880, it was the state’s first private, coeducational college. Today, Bridgewater College is home to approximately 1,700 undergraduate students

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