Saturday, May 24, 2008

Manasses and Antietam

from a 1999 visit...

two of the most significant battles of the War Between the States...

At 1st Manasses Jackson received his famous name of "Stonewall" from General Bee. There is an inscription that follows the pictures of Jackson's monument...
"There stands Jackson like a stone wall"




Antietam...







just north of the Dunker church...a place of major engagement during the battle...





Burnside's bridge, where the last part of the battle occurred...




the site of the final part of the battle...

The Confederates lost 31 percent of their forces this day, the Federals 25 percent...

Tactically a draw, considered strategically a win for the Federals because Lee was forced to withdraw, and further, because Lincoln used the opportunity to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, it is, amidst the footfalls of curious tourists, a stark reminder of the horrors of war.

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