23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after twelve hours of savage combat on September 17, 1862. The Battle of Antietam ended the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia’s first invasion into the North and led to Abraham Lincoln’s issuance of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.
This had been the second time I visited this bloody and history laden site and that day it was different. A very somber and heavy feeling inside.
To all the soldiers who gave their lives for freedom that day……..