|This barn on the David Reel farm took a direct hit from Federal artillery during the|
Battle of Antietam, killing many of the Confederate soldiers who were being treated there.
(Top photo: Library of Congress Collection)
Located just behind Confederate lines, the barn -- which was used as a field hospital -- took a direct hit from Federal artillery and caught fire, killing many of the wounded inside. In a search of the barn after the battle, local boys found human bones and lumps of melted lead, perhaps from bullets those soldiers were carrying. (1). Being careful not to trespass, I took the present-day shot of the barn from my car. I hope to learn more about what happened there during a visit to Antietam in the spring.
(1) The Battlefield of Antietam, Oliver T. Reilly, 1906, Page 26.