Gone With The Wind

Kelly Chiara

Joined August 2009

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166 views as of April 2013 ~ On Sunday night, September 14, 1862, Confederate General Robert E. Lee issued orders for his much scattered commands to rally at Sharpsburg, Maryland. On the morning of Tuesday, September 16, Union Major General George McClellan had nearly 60,000 soldiers facing Lee’s 15,000. His heavy 20-pound Parrott rifles were sending case shot across the creek, feeling out the enemy. The ensuing battle on September 17 produced the bloodiest day in American combat history with over 23,000 casualties on both sides. More than twice as many Americans were killed or mortally wounded in combat at Antietam that day as in the War of 1812, the Mexican War, and the Spanish-American War combined. The two armies met in the Maryland farm fields bordering the trickling Antietam Creek near the town of Sharpsburg. The Union named the conflict the Battle of Antietam in honor of the creek while the South called it the Battle of Sharpsburg in honor of the town. From dawn till dark on the 17th the two armies threw frontal attacks at each other, littering the fields with their dead and wounded. “The whole landscape for an instant turned red,” one northern soldier later wrote. Another veteran recalled, “The cornfield was so full of bodies that a man could have walked through it without stepping on the ground.” David Miller’s humble cornfield near Antietam Creek became the unlikely setting for perhaps the worst fighting in America’s Civil War. “In the time I am writing,” Union General Hooker reported, “every stalk of corn in the northern and greater part of the field was cut as closely as could have been done with a knife, and the slain lay in rows precisely as they had stood in their ranks a few moments before.”
This cornfield is in Freehold, NJ, USA, but I have been to the small town of Sharpsburg and visited the battlefield. If you are interested in American History…it is a must see. Click here for more info and actual photos ~ canon rebel xsi

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