In the years following the Battle of Antietam, veterans returned to the battlefield, many to attend the dedication of their monuments there. On Sept. 17, 1904, old soldiers in the 124th Pennsylvania were photographed at their monument at the intersection of Starke Avenue and Hagerstown Pike on the day of its dedication. During their visit, many of them scoured the fields for war relics and pointed out to their families where they were on that bloody day.
Some simply wondered how they survived.
|Veteran Joseph Hawley near the Hagerstown Pike, where he was wounded in 1862.|
(Images above from History of the 124th Pennsylvania Volunteers 1862-63)
Antietam : Gentle peaceful stream.
Upon thy banks so fair,
What memories, to the mind will turnAnd it ended:
Of one who lingers there.
May the great God, who rules above.
And guides the affairs of men.
Forbid, in his infinite love
Such fratricide again.