Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Antietam panorama: William Roulette farm

                                                  Click on image for full-screen panorama.

On Sept. 17, 1862, William Roulette's farm was the scene of savage fighting during the Battle of Antietam. Roulette's house, barn and spring house were used as makeshift field hospitals. The spring house, the stone building shown here, was where Lt. George Crosby of the 14th Connecticut was treated for his serious wounds. He died 37 days after the battle at the home of his parents in Middle Haddam, Conn. After the battle, the rug in Roulette's parlor was so soaked with blood that it had to be washed in nearby Antietam Creek. I shot this panorama early last Friday while a biologist and his aide were the only other people there. This is easily one of my favorite places on the battlefield, a photographer's dream.

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