Monday, December 17, 2012

Antietam: Old national cemetery postcards

Entrance to Antietam National Cemetery. (CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE.)
1907 postcard of Antietam National Cemetery, with the soldier's monument, also known as
"Old Simon," prominent in background.
I recently picked up these early 20th-century postcards of Antietam National Cemetery on eBay for a few bucks. If you peruse the Internet diligently, it's not hard to find a good, old Antietam image or two for a decent price. Although Antietam is probably the best preserved major Civil War battlefield, the landscape, of course, has changed over the past 150 years. Old postcards such as these are a good way to view what Antietam looked like way back when. This 1885 cabinet card image of the Antietam National Cemetery, purchased by yours truly in Gettysburg last month, was a little pricier than the postcards.

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