My wife and I decided that while we were in Pennsylvania this week it would be an ideal opportunity to take in two Civil War battlefields - Gettysburg and Antietam. Gettysburg came first but the photos are elsewhere. More on that another time. We visited Antietam yesterday, and here are some of the photos.
|The iconic Dunker Church|
The Cornfield. Union troops emerging from the cover of the crop were blasted by Confederate fire.
|The Cornfield from the Union side.|
|The West Woods - so peaceful today.|
|The Mumma Farm|
|The approaches to the Sunken Lane.|
|Sunken Lane - Looking west.|
|Sunken Lane - Looking East toward the watchtower built in the 1890's.|
|A Rebel's eye view of the Union army's advance over the rise.|
|The slopes above the bridge.|
|The last line of defence.|
With nightfall came the Confederate retreat, Lee falling back across the Potomac to save his army. He'd suffered nearly 25% casualties and left the Union army in possession of the field. Victory here allowed Abraham Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, which prevented Britain and France insisting on a negotiated settlement to the conflict.