Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Scenes From The Road: Antietam National Battlefield

On September 17th, 1862, for the first time the Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of the Potomac clashed north of the the Potomac River. Near the small town of Sharpsburg, Md. the warriors of both causes struggled for hours over the rolling hills and farmland of Maryland. As dusk fell, over 23,000 men were dead, wounded or missing. To this day, the largest single day casualty count in U.S. history.

The following are a few pictures I took as I toured the battlefield. If you ever visit, even though relative to a site like Gettysburg, Antietam is small, take at least half a day. Even if the history doesn't grab your heart, the beauty of the park will. It is simply one of the prettiest national parks I've visited.

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