On the long road from Maine to Houston, one of our goals was to visit two of the Civil War’s major battlefields, an interest sparked by having read all of Michael and Jeff Shaara’s historical fiction on the subject.
When you look out at the pastoral expanses of Gettysbury and Antietam, it is hard to imagine that 150 years ago these fields were the scene of unfathomable carnage. Antietam, the first battle to take place on Union soil, is known as the bloodiest single day battle in U.S. history with nearly 23,000 killed, wounded and missing reported. The three days in 1863 at Gettysburg produced the largest number (46-51,000) of casualties and is said to have been the turning point of the war.
I don’t know about you, but for me these images brought tears to my eyes as I envisioned brothers and other relatives firing away at each other because of the difference in their beliefs. I so hope that this country is never as divided again.
Every state is recognized on the sites where its men held ground. As I walked through these grounds I kept looking down, almost expecting to see a wounded soldier or ground stained by his blood. Without question, visiting the battlefields was a grim reminder of our country’s darkest days.
i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind