The 12-hour battle began at dawn, Sapetmber 17. The battle ended about 6 pm. Of nearly 100,000 soldiers engaged in battle, about 23,000 were killed, wounded, or missing. It was the bloodiest one-day battle of the American Civil War.
Visiting Antietam was different than I expected. The fields was empty, quiet. While the battle came alive at Gettysburg, Antietam felt subdued. Someone else described their visit to Antietam as emotional. It was amazing to see the place where so many people fought and died.
The pictures don’t do the place justice, but they are here anyway.