Jacob Rohrbach Inn (Sharpsburg, Maryland)



Tom Clemens – “Meet the Original Iron Brigade“

May 4th, 2021 by jacobrohrbach

Dr. Tom Clemens


Dr. Tom Clemens holds a Doctorate in College Education-History from George Mason University, Professor Emeritus from Hagerstown Community College. He is a Tour guide for the Maryland Campaign for the past 30 years. Tom is the Editor of Ezra Carman’s Maryland Campaign of September 1862, 3 Vols. 2010, 2012, 2016. Author of numerous essays and Magazine articles, appeared in several documentary films as on-screen historian, including the orientation film in the NPS Visitor Center.

Eastern Iron Brigade medallion


One of the most over-used, and poorly documented, nicknames of Civil War units is the term “Iron Brigade.” Although generally referring now to Gen. John Gibbon’s brigade of Wisconsin and Indiana regiments, there were several Iron Brigades in the Civil War, in fact, there were three Iron Brigades at the battle of Antietam. One of them used the term much earlier, and is better documented than Gibbon’s troops. Find out “the rest of the story” on Wednesday, June 9th when Dr. Clemens will present his Summer Lecture Series talk -“Meet the Original Iron Brigade



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, we require attending guests 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 postponed and rescheduled later in the season.  Parking is available on Main and Hall Streets.  For updates and a full schedule of presenters & topics check our Facebook page.

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