We left home on Thursday morning and headed off to the Antietam Battlefield in Sharpsburg, MD. I chose the back way through northern VA and WV rather than taking the Interstate. Love those twisting and winding and hilly roads. Feels like I'm home in NH. I had visited Antietam 2 years ago with my son, but DH had not been there. We had the History Channel's autotour on CD. In one day at Antietam, over 22,000 Americans died. One day. For comparison, there are just over 55,000 names on the Vietnam War Memorial. This is a photo of the Sunken Lane where over 5,000 soldiers died in the afternoon.
This is Burnsides Bridge. Kind of an ironic name. He could have pushed on and totally decimated the Confederate troops here, but he didn't. This was September of 1862. Things might even have ended here.