Ed and I and Crystal went to Antietam Battlefield in western Maryland yesterday. It was the bloodiest one day battle in the Civil War, occurring in September 1862.
It is a rural setting much like it was 150 years ago. The battle was actually fought in a cornfield. We followed the auto tour and read the descriptions at each stop. We searched for answers to the National Park Service's scavenger hunt as we drove along. It really gave us purpose!
We climbed the observation tower and enjoyed the view and the cool breeze from the top.
The best view of all was of the Burnside Bridge, which the Confederates gave up as they retreated.
Afterwards we drove down to the Potomac and touched the water. Then, we crossed over into West Virginia and came back, for no reason other than to cross a state line!