Monday, January 23, 2017

Day out

I went to Antietam National Battlefield yesterday.  It was America's single bloodiest day, and a lot of that was here.


There's quite a nice (but small) museum, and the battlefield is small enough to walk.  I hadn't realized just how close it is to the Potomac river and Harper's Ferry.  This is definitely worth a detour if you're in the Washington D.C. area.

8 comments:

juvat said...

Visited that battlefield with my Dad and Son when at the Pentagon. Had much the same thoughts on seeing it.

John said...

And you are less than an hour's drive away from the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick MD.

Old NFO said...

Makes the hair stand up to walk that killing field...

My Take said...

With time comes a loss of perspective. Although I consider it an aggression from the north, and a serious mistake by Lincoln, I stand with my head bowed by the commitment and courage of both sides in this conflict. Sad to say, there may yet be another with different players and outcomes. I hope and pray it does not come to pass; but if so, I have chosen my side and I am at peace with my decision

libertyman said...

Over 22,000 casualties in one day - it gives you pause.

Well worth the visit.

Goober said...

Yeah, except the south fired the first shots and drew the first blood, soooo....

...yeah, it was totally northern aggression.

Both sides acted like total dipshits in their own way, and innocent farmboys were fed into the shredder as a result.

To hell with them all. Lincoln first, but Jeff Davis and every slave-owning sonofabitch in the south right with them. They weren't worth all that blood, and their causes weren't either.

Bastards, the lot of them.

Richard said...

Harpers Ferry is a very interesting place too. Early industrial development linked to George Washington, John Brown, African American educational development, interesting transportation history, Lewis and Clark as well as all the Civil War stuff.

Old 1811 said...

A very humbling place. And a visit to Burnside's Bridge is fascinating, too. The fact that Burnside eventually got live soldiers across that bridge explains everything he did at Fredericksburg.