|Circa 1910 postcard of Philadelphia Brigade Park.|
|Philadelphia Brigade monument in circa 1920s postcard.|
"In the woods near the Hagerstown road, where the Philadelphia Brigade suffered so severely, our losses exceeded those of the enemy. Those poor fellows had died in all sorts of positions; some lying on their faces, others leaning against the rocks, and one man, a Confederate, was resting on his knees, with his eyes wide open and his hands grasping a rifle. On the slope, where the fire of our brigade had been directed, were one hundred and twenty dead Confederates who had been prepared for burial before their army retreated."For comparison, I posted below black-and-white photographs of the park from the Antietam National Battlefield Library collection via Jim Buchanan's Walking the West Woods blog. I believe the gate was removed in the mid-1930s. When you visit Antietam, be sure to say hello to Jim, a certified battlefield guide and an expert on the fighting in the West Woods there. He has a detailed post on Philadelphia Brigade Park here.
|The gate at the park, circa 1925. (Antietam National Battlefield Library)|
|Philadelphia Brigade Park, circa 1935. (Antietam National Battlefield Library)|
|In this circa 1930 image, workers set cement fence posts along the southern boundary of the|
original 11-acre park. (Antietam National Battlefield Library)