|Dedication Day observance at Antietam National Cemetery in Sharpsburg, Md., on Sept. 17, 1880. |
This image was by Elias M. Recher. (Author's collection)
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|A captain in the 6th Wisconsin, Edward Bragg was wounded|
in the left arm at Antietam. His 1879 Decoration Day speech at
Antietam National Cemetery was called a "masterly production."
"Everything passed off pleasantly," the Enterprise reported, "nothing occurring to mar the pleasure of the day. The best of order prevailed, and there was very little drunkenness. The artillery and infantry left in the afternoon for Martinsburg (W.Va.), and by nightfall Sharpsburg had settled back into the even tenor of her ways, and quiet reigned supreme."