Orlando B. Willcox

Battlefield Guide Jim Smith will be our first speaker of the season on Wednesday, June 2nd.  Jim will present his Summer Lecture Series talk – “The most successful in its work”: Orlando Willcox’s division in the Maryland Campaign”.  Newly released from a Confederate prison, West Point graduate Orlando Willcox took command of a division in the IX Corps less than a week before the Battle of South Mountain. His troops fought hard at Fox’s Gap and formed the right end of the Final Attack at Antietam, falling back under orders that Willcox received three times before obeying.

Jim Smith



A native of Miami, FL, Jim Smith is a lifelong student of the Civil War. He has volunteered at Antietam National Battlefield since 2017 and has been a certified battlefield guide since 2018. Jim is a member of the Antietam Institute and lives with his family in Millersville, MD.


Come join leading historians and Antietam Battlefield Guides as they discuss intriguing topics of the Maryland Campaign of 1862 and the Civil War during our Civil War Summer Lecture Series.

These outdoors programs will be held at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn on Wednesday evenings at 7:oo p.m.  Even though those programs are outdoors, guests are encouraged to wear face coverings and to social distance as much as possible. To ensure adequate seating, please bring a chair.  In case of inclement weather, lectures will be held at the Sharpsburg Christ Reformed UCC Church at 117 Main Street.  Parking is available on Main and Hall Streets.  For updates and a full schedule of presenters & topics check our Facebook page.