Authors Signing: “So You Think You Know Antietam?”

Sharpsburg, MD—Authors James and Suzanne Gindlesperger will be signing their new book, “So You Think You Know Antietam?, The Stories Behind America’s Bloodiest Day”.

Husband-and-wife team James and Suzanne Gindlesperger share a passion for writing, photography, and, of course, the Civil War. The couple met on a blind date arranged by Suzanne’s brother-in-law while James was an engineer with a chemical company in Pitts­burgh and Suzanne worked as a secretary with a steel company in Johnstown. In 2010, they celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.

Following the publication of their popular So You Think You Know Gettysburg?-Bronze winner of the 2010 Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Award-readers asked them to write similar works on other Civil War battlefields. Having visited Antietam National Battlefield many times, they were in a good position to write “So You Think You Know Antietam?”

James is the author of three previous Civil War books: Escape from Libby Prison and Fire on the Water, both of which won the George Washington Honor Medal for excellence from the Freedoms Foundation, and Seed Corn of the Confederacy. Escape from Libby Prison was also featured in a 1998 Discovery Channel documentary entitled Breakout: POWs. James presents lectures on the Civil War throughout the East and has collaborated on Civil War projects with National Geographic and NASA, among other organizations.

Suzanne is a cofounder of Pennwriters, a professional organization for published and as­piring authors, and has chaired many literary committees for the organization. “So You Think You Know Antietam?” is her second book, although she assisted her husband in researching his previous publications.

James and Suzanne Gindlesperger are members of the Save Historic Antietam Foundation, the Friends of Gettysburg Foundation, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Civil War Preservation Trust. Both have ancestors who fought in the Civil War, Suzanne’s for the South and James’s on both sides, including one ancestor who was killed at Gaines’ Mill. The couple and their two dogs live in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

For additional information on this and other Antietam National Battlefield programs please call 301-432-5124.


  • Author Signing: “So You Think You Know Antietam?”
  • Saturday, October 20, 2012
  • Location: Antietam Visitor Center (301-432-5124)
  • Antietam National Battlefield
  • Time: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

About Antietam National Battlefield
Antietam National Battlefield preserves and interprets the site of the September 17, 1862, Civil War battle which marked the end of General Robert E. Lee’s first invasion of the North. The battle claimed more than 23,000 men killed, wounded, and missing in one single day, and led to Abraham Lincoln’s issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation. For further information, visit

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