|Bloody Lane at Antietam, with the 132nd Pennsylvania monument and |
War Department tower in the background.
|Stereoview of the famous Alexander Gardner photo of dead Confederates|
in Bloody Lane. (Library of Congress collection)
“The Confederates had gone down as grass falls before the scythe. They were lying in rows like the ties of a railroad, in heaps, like cord-wood mingled with the splintered and shattered fence rails. Words are inadequate to portray the scene.” (1), -- Northern correspondent, Sept. 18, 1862There were only two other visitors on this part of the field the morning I was there. It's still hard to believe this was a spot of so much carnage and pain.
1) Robert K. Krick "It Appeared As Though Mutual Extermination Would Put a Stop to the Awful Carnage Sharpsburg’s Bloody Lane”, Gary W. Gallagher, editor The Antietam Campaign. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1999. Page 223