| A collage of close-ups of the gravestones of soldiers buried in Connecticut who were killed or |
mortally wounded at the Battle of Antietam.
I am often struck by the craftsmanship of these gravestones, especially the ornate writing. I took the close-ups above at cemeteries throughout Connecticut during the past five months. My favorite is the one at the top for Samuel Willard, a 39-year-old captain from Madison who was killed during the 14th Connecticut's attack near Bloody Lane. Willard had embraced religion nine years before his death, and on the side of his gravestone is a moving excerpt from one of his final journal entries before he was killed Sept. 17, 1862.
"My faith is in God if I die," it reads in part. "I die in the faith of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ."