Another of the old battle-marked oak trees that stood along Mansfield avenue was cut down by the battlefield workers. This tree stood alone along Mansfield avenue and undoubtedly sheltered more than one soldier during the battle.
Virtual Antietam Planet
The Bloody Lane, September 17, 1862
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An eighth of a mile south of the Dunker church a country lane runs zigzag east and south from the Hagerstown road, going for a quarter of a mile under the lee of a long hill, climbing to a plateau for another quarter mile, and...
So here on the 151st anniversary of the Battle of Antietam, I am a bit predisposed. I’m not at the Battlefield – as I was last year, lecturing at the east side of the Burnside Bridge at the very moment the Union made a first successful charge across that 12-foot arch. I am, myself, sitting in a hospital bed in Hagerstown as I write these words – thankful to have survived a double pulmonary emboli three days ago.
So my thoughts right now drift to the imagined experiences of thousands...