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  •  Antietam was more interesting to (13+ / 0-)

    me than Gettysburg (we saw both in 2001) because the battlefield area was more concentrated. I had the same feeling you did on the bloody lane. I also had that feeling on the bridge and the fields, which reminded me of what it must have looked like during the battle. Anyone with an interest in history should pay a visit to at least one of the civil war battlefields. Definitely worth the time.

    If I don't see you, for a long while, I'll try to find you, left of the dial.

    by mithra666 on Tue Aug 09, 2011 at 06:04:59 AM PDT

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    •  Look at the fields, you'll see the ghosts (8+ / 0-)

      I live right across the river from Sharpsburg (in WV) and go through the town several times a month. When driving through the battlefield area and looking at the cornfields, I've always sensed the waves of men running through them, falling and dying. It gives me chills every time.

      One of the most moving experiences I've ever had is driving through the battlefield roads on a cold December night, when either side is lined with 23,000 luminaries, one for each of the killed, wounded and missing in the battle.

      This year it will be held December 3. If you're in the area, it's a wonderful, sad, beautiful, tragic reminder of those who fought and died over what our country would be.

      West Virginia's new motto: Ex Os, Ex Mens (go look it up)

      by blonde moment on Tue Aug 09, 2011 at 07:25:51 AM PDT

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    •  My brother, a friend and I (3+ / 0-)
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      NonnyO, rb608, mithra666

      split the price of the Gettysburg battlefield tour CD at the gift shop last year, near Remembrance Day (Nov.), & really enjoyed the trip around the place, at our own pace.

      (Devil's Den, below Little Round Top)

      We did Antietam the year before.... a friend from home (MA) is a teacher in MD now, but used to be a Park Ranger at battlefield sites, and gave us the grand tour +, done in interpretive dance.... the only thing missing was the twenty seven eight-by-ten color glossy pictures with the circles and arrows and the paragraph on the back of each one.

      (The Sunken Road, Antietam)

      BONUS: The 1st completed monument dedicated to the memory of George Washington, on South Mountain (MD), ca 1827.

      BONUS #2: PBen (sitting) and his younger brother....

      "In politics, absurdity is not a handicap." (Napoleon Bonaparte)

      by PBen on Tue Aug 09, 2011 at 12:45:14 PM PDT

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