Eric and I are visiting Antietam
Battlefield in Sharpsburg....
The bloodiest one day battle of
America's war with itself.
Antietam National Battlefield
England was considering recognizing the Confederate States of America in 1862. A Southern win on Northern soil would do much to show the South to be a military power worth supporting.
September 17, 1862, with
Union troops moving through
corn fields to engage Rebel
troops led by Robert E. Lee.
The monument in the foreground is the 5th, 7th and 66th Ohio Infantry memorial.
This small white building is a
replica of The Dunker Church.
The German Baptists who worshiped here were known as Dunkers because they practiced immersion Baptism.
The battle raged throughout
Union General George B. McClellan commanded the 75,500 Union solders who marched here to repulse Lee's troops.
The monument in the background is the New York State memorial. Antietam Battlefield is dotted with memorials to the soldiers who fought and died here.
The Maryland State
those who fought on
their native soil.
recognizes the volunteers
who fought & died at
I look across the farm fields
& see other monuments...
The Pennsylvania 130th
The Dunker Church is the tiny white building to the left.
Men died on the fields you see before you.
I image 100,000 plus troops, cannons and caissons moving across
these fields, punishing their enemy, being repulsed....
The North won this battle. General Lee led his beaten soldiers south, in defeat. Union and Confederate dead, wounded and missing soldiers totaled 22,717.