|Art Williamson, owner of the dilapidated house where a Massachusetts officer died.|
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Six of my top-10 most popular posts in 2018 were about Antietam, a place I visited, oh, 4,333 times this year. In 2018, we surpassed 2.7 million page views all time on the blog and topped 5,000 followers on my Civil War Facebook page. Thanks for being part of our community. (Pageview figures through Dec. 18, 9 a.m. ET.)
1. Death spiral: A sad end for house where Antietam officer died (Views 27,420)
2. 'Dreadfully distorted visages': How soldiers die in battle (26,257)
3. Herculean task': How dead were recovered after Civil War (17,451)
4. 'Secret' stash: What public doesn't see at Springfield Armory (13,338)
5. Journey in time: 'Stunning' 1891 Antietam images surface (12,515)
6. In Franklin, Tennessee, a walk through a Confederate cemetery: (11,650)
7. 'Vast cemetery': Death, destruction astonish Antietam reporter: (10,562)
"It is not our intention to attempt a full portrayal of the horrors which, in the early part of last week, marked the battle-field of Antietam, although we doubt not a portion of our account will be considered sufficiently horrible. We were told by those who had preceded us to this scene of destruction, that we obtained a sight of the tail end only. If that be so, we have no desire to see the whole animal." Read more.
8. Antietam in 1907: 'Sacred' damage, mass grave in 'lot yondah' (10,139)
9. 'Romantic errand': In 1898, Rebel vet returned Antietam sword: (9,462)
10. Antietam in color: Breathing life into 1862 battlefield images (9,125)
Algorithmia site, I colorized Antietam images by Alexander Gardner and James Gibson, all available for your inspection in black and white in jpg. and tif formats on the fine Library of Congress web site. Crude, crass ... or captivating? See more.