Friday, May 13, 2011

15th Massachusetts monument at Antietam

Viewed up close, the 15th Massachusetts monument  at  Antietam is imposing.

The monument was dedicated in 1900.
I really like this closeup that I took recently of the 15th Massachusetts monument at Antietam. The 15th Massachusetts suffered 330 casualties -- 75 dead and 255 wounded -- in about 20 minutes in the West Woods at Antietam. The monument, the most impressive on the field, was dedicated on Sept. 17, 1900, 38 years after the battle. It's hard to believe that the fields surrounding the monument, so peaceful now, were the place of so much suffering 149 years ago.
A plaque on the monument lists the 15th Massachusetts soldiers killed and mortally wounded at Antietam.

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