I met with some friends to go to Antietam Battlefield on Sunday for their special anniversary event. I've been wanting to visit here for a while, this place where 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after twelve hours of savage combat on September 17, 1862. The Battle of Antietam ended the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia's first invasion into the North and led to Abraham Lincoln's issuance of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.
It was a perfect day to be outdoors, warm and breezy with no humidity. We watched soldiers firing cannons and displaying firing formations, these guys were so realistic and skilled, yet it horrified me to see how slow they were loading those old guns, and helped to put it into perspective how terrifying fighting in that war must have been.
There's a link on the bible story here.
We then got in a few vehicles and drove down the park to meet a couple of rangers who were taking us on a 3 hour hike, called The Final Attack.
many of which came from this link.
More than 12 hours after it started, the fighting finally ceased, in a stalemate.
“As the sun sank to rest . . .
the last sounds of battle along Antietam Creek died away,” Francis W.
Palfrey, a historian and a wounded veteran of the battle, wrote in 1889.
corn and trees, so fresh and green in the morning, were reddened with
blood,” he wrote. “The blessed night came, and brought with it sleep and
forgetfulness . . . but the murmur of the night wind . . . was mingled with the groans of the countless sufferers of both armies.
can tell?” he wondered. “Who can imagine, the horrors of such a night,
while the unconscious stars shone above, and the unconscious river went