Antietam National Battlefield

Continuing on our Civil War journey we took a trip to the Antietam Battlefield in Sharpsburg, Maryland.  This is where the bloodiest day of fighting occurred on September 17, 1862.  The 12 hour battle began at dawn.  The Union soldiers attacked the Confederates from the left, north and south.  Battles took place near Dunker Church in cornfields, woods, and a sunken roadway.  For over two hours fighting was going on at Burnside Bridge which crosses the Antietam Creek.  The fighting ended about 6 PM and the lines of battle had changed little from that morning.  However of the nearly 100,000 soldiers engaged in battle, 23,000 were killed, wounded or missing.  The next day Confederate General Lee and his troops returned across the Patomac River to Virginia.  We followed this somber battle trail on a very hot day.

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