Author Archives: Brandi Oswald

About Brandi Oswald

Brandi Oswald is an archivist with the Cartographic Branch of the National Archives and Records Administration. She holds her MA in Public History from West Virginia University and her BA in History and Anthropology from Heidelberg University (Ohio).

Mapping the Civil War: Antietam and South Mountain

The Cartographic Branch holds many maps relating to Civil War battlefields. Today we’re highlighting some maps relating to the battles of Antietam and South Mountain. The battle of South Mountain took place just east of Sharpsburg, Maryland, on September 14, … Continue reading

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Planning America’s Best Idea: Master Plans for National Parks

On August 25, 1916, Woodrow Wilson signed into law the Organics Act, creating the National Park Service (NPS), a new federal bureau responsible for protecting the existing 35 national parks and monuments. In 1933, the National Park Service greatly expanded … Continue reading

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