I currently serve as the Washington Township Historian (Appointed position) and the Director of the Monterey Pass Battlefield Park and Museum. I also serve as a tour guide for the Monterey Pass Battlefield and Retreat from Gettysburg related sites. For over the past decade, I have focused on the lesser known subjects of the Civil War along the Mason-Dixon Line and the South Mountain region. My research has led me to author numerous articles, which have been published by various newspapers, and historical journals. I also author a monthly column for the Emmitsburg News Journal, and have authored two publications dedicated to the Battle of Monterey Pass and one dedicated to the New York State National Guard in 1863. My most recent publication is about Maryland’s Catoctin Mountain during the Civil War.
I has been featured in several documentaries, most recently the “Heart of the Civil War” documentary which premiered in 2012, at the start of the 150th Commemoration of the Maryland Campaign, where they utilized my expertise as the former South Mountain State Battlefield Civil War Historian. PCN aired the Battle of Monterey Pass special in 2015 as part of Battlefield Pennsylvania in which I was part of. I am currently employed by the Gettysburg Foundation as an Assistant Manager in the Visitor Services Department of the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center.
I have an active role in historic preservation. I have been the leading force behind the preservation efforts of the Monterey Pass Battlefield and had a hand in several land acquisitions at South Mountain State Battlefield before leaving my position. I serve as a historical consultant to several organizations in Frederick and Washington Counties, Maryland and in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, and have been invited by numerous organizations to speak about many topics that relate to the Civil War.
In my spare time. I enjoy participating in various outdoors activities with my family and two dogs. I also contribute blog postings for “The Noise of Middle Earth” which is a music blog that discusses all genres of music. I am studying Park & Recreational Management at the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands through Indiana University and Natural Resource Management and Wilderness Management through the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center.
Standing behind me all the way, is my wife Alicia who without her support, none of this would be possible. “To my dearest wife, I say thank you for all that you do to help me succeed.”
Books I authored:
- The Battle of Monterey Pass; Pennsylvania’s Second Largest Civil War Battle, 2006
- A Midnight Fight along the Mason Dixon Line, 2013
- The New York State National Guard during the Pennsylvania Campaign, 2014
- Maryland’s Catoctin Mountain during the Civil War, 2015
- A Summer of Fire and Shot, Introduction of the 1814 British Attacks on Washington and Baltimore during the War of 1812
- The 1863 Civil War Army At Monterey Pass & Franklin County
- To Take The Forks Of The Ohio, The British Campaigns Against Fort Duquesne, 1754-1758
All books are published by the Emmitsburg News Journal for the Monterey Pass Battlefield Institute and are available only at the Monterey Pass Battlefield Museum. The money from book sold, goes directly back to covering additional printing costs and preservation or education projects at Monterey Pass Battlefield Park and Museum.
DISCLAIMER: My personal opinions in this blog in no way reflect the policies set forth by Washington Township nor does it represent those employed by that agency.
Citing this blog: Miller, John A., “The Entry.” When War Passed This Way. Date of article and date of access and copy the link.