Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Antietam panoramas: 14th Connecticut/Bloody Lane

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               The 14th Connecticut monument appears amid the corn near Bloody Lane.

                                    Monuments peek through the fog near Bloody Lane.

In September 1891, veterans of the 14th Connecticut could barely contain their excitement when they visited Antietam, where 29 years earlier they had fought in their first battle of the Civil War. The old soldiers toured William Roulette's farmhouse as well as the farmer's springhouse and barn, where hundreds of wounded were treated; searched for battlefield relics, sang songs and ventured to nearby Bloody Lane to contemplate what they did and to remember those who didn't survive Sept. 17, 1862.

"The magic word Antietam," a veteran wrote, "more magical than any other name to most of our original men, has been holding sway over the minds of the boys and they are astir early and up at the Roulette house, scanning eagerly every point and place of interest they can recognize.

Antietam remains a special place today, especially when the fog hangs low over the fields on a late September morning as it did when I shot these images near Bloody Lane.

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