8.29.2013

Sharpsburg, MD: pt. 3, The Battlefield

The Antietam Battlefield, so named due to the Antietam Creek, butts up against the town of Sharpsburg. The battle started around dawn on September 17 and ended at dusk. In that 12 hour time period, 23,000 of the 100,000 Union and Confederate soldiers, entered into Eternity. Physically, the battlefield is not very big, especially when compared to Gettysburg. A combination of woods and cornfields...

Here a picture of the Dunker Church during the battle...
...and a picture of the rebuilt church today...
The museum/visitors center is small but the content is very grim and intense...
I left the A/C and enjoyed a sumptuous lunch consisting of a peanut-butter sandwich, Poptarts and water! Frugal and tasty!
Ole Girl and I moved on over to the observation tower...
The visitors center and Dunker church, northwest from the tower.
The observation tower afforded a commanding view of the battlefield that provided a view that Generals Lee and McClellan would have desperately wanted! I took some more pictures but I was becoming claustrophobic with all of the Boy Scouts and chaperone's that were squeezing into the small area; time to move onto Sharpsburg and to the southern end of the battlefield!

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