Last Sunday, July 23, 2017, I had the honor to walk where soldiers fought the most bloody battle of the Civil War. In just one day on September 17th, 1862, 23,000 Americans lost their lives. All Americans fighting for their country for different ideals that by the end of the day neither side could use to justify the cost. At dusk a truce was called to gather wounded and dead from the field of battle, a farmers corn field. The tall corn stocks were cut down just as the men had been. The next day Lee retreated with no more will to engage the North further on this sacred ground.
I hope you get the opportunity to visit this hallowed ground – there’s nothing like it that I’ve ever experienced. Just remembering the brave men who fought brings tears to my eyes. The sacrifice and the pain was more than I can fully comprehend never having served in the military. One thing is sure, the spirits of all who died there are very much a part of the landscape. People have seen their ghosts there too and the green is like none other I’ve ever seen – the trees and plants grow from the blood of the slain and forever remember them in their foliage. The beauty of the plant life at Antietam is like none other.
May you find peace and the inspiration to say a prayer that we may never know war again when you see these pictures from Antietam a place of memories and hopes for a world with no more war.