9.03.2013

Sharpsburg, MD: Conclusion


We left the observation tower to visit the southern end of the battlefield. The Southern end of the battlefield is located between Main Street/MD 34, Rodman Avenue/Branch Avenue and Antietam Creek; we stayed on Rodman Avenue riding past the Sherrick Farmhouse and the Otto Farmhouse. Those two farms are located in a slight draw, separated by Burnside Bridge Road. It was here that the final attack transpired between General Burnside, (USA) and General A.P. Hill, (CSA).
Sherrick Farmhouse, Otto Farmhouse located on reverse-slope out of view to the right of the Sherrick Farmhouse.
One of many plaques providing battle information for the area in view.
Riding out of the battlefield the terrain reminded me of how big of a roll it can play in a battle; not a flat open area but rather a rolling area with draws, tree lines and other natural terrain features the channel and or choke forces...
In the end, the lines of battle had not changed or shifted significantly and late on September 18 Lee and his army forded the Potomac River back into Virginia. The Union Army was able to keep the field. I left this area and rode back into Sharpsburg with the intent of finding the location of Gen. Lee's headquarters; I ended up in a residential area. On my way back into town I rode past an uninspiring historical marker that pointed out where Gen. Lee had had his headquarters; I was not inclined to stop due to the lack of any type of physical structure. However, I found this sign attached to a home on Main Street...
 I bought Ole Girl a tank of gas and we left for the casa. Our egress was the same as our ingress...
and I had to snap a flick of this Corvette given it's location, not any where near Carlisle, and for a certain household in the Hoosier State...
The ride home was just as sweet as the ride to Sharpsburg!

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