I did tell my wife that one day I was going to visit the Antietam battlefield. When we did go, besides Donna, Larry, his son, and another grand nephew came along. When we arrived, the first thing that struck me is the undulating ground of the entire battlefield. It makes it quite easy to realize why the battle tended to have units blundering into each other. Also, it is easy to see that commanding an army on this ground would be extremely difficult to control. Of course, the fact of how far McClellan's HQ was from the field itself wouldn't help the matter.
|The Dunker Church. This is a replacement; the original blew down during a storm in 1921.|
|The line where 1st Corps lined up on at the start of the battle.|
|"The Cornfield" from where the Union troops would have entered it from.|
|The Pennsylvania monument in the West Woods. Larry stands at the base of it.|
|The ground the 2nd Corps crossed when approaching "the Sunken Road". Between the two trees can be seen a black line. That is the fence line delineating the Sunken Road.|
|The Sunken Road. The photo doesn't do justice to what a great defense line this was. The road is about five feet deep. The left side of the road is the direction the Union troops came in from.|
|The Burnside Bridge, from the Confederates vantage point.|