Sunday, September 16, 2007

September 17th, 1862 Remembered


September 17th 1862 remains the single bloodiest day in American History.

Two Great Armies met at Sharpsburg Maryland one hundred and forty five years ago today to contest the right of states to leave the Union. A union created just some eighty years earlier. The north remembered this terrible battle by the name of the creek that flowed through the contested ground, Antietam. While in the south it was known as the Battle of Sharpsburg. Nearly twenty three thousand causalities were the result of this single day of fighting, all American. To put the causalities into perspective, this day totaled more than was suffered in the American Revolution, The War of 1812, The Mexican War, and the Spanish American War combined.

This photograph is of the historic Rohrbach's Bridge, forever known since that fateful day as Burnside’s Bridge. I captured this image one misty morning as the first rays of sunlight fell upon it.

8 comments:

Shionge said...

Thank you for sharing a piece of American History Salty and caputred this bridge so beautifully :D

Chad Oneil said...

Good image. I'm looking forward to photographing it as well when I visit ;)

Faye Pekas said...

Thanks for the history lesson Salty. We are so caught in 9/11 this time of the year that we forget other historic events that happened around this time too.

lv2scpbk said...

My husband gets into all these battles. We've visited several battlefields over the years. He likes to read about the Civil War.

Tell Mrs. Salty thanks for visiting my site and commenting. It looks like she maybe starting a blog. Does she take photos also?

photowannabe said...

A picture perfect morning. Really lovely Salty. Thank you for the history lesson too. Didn't appreciate it in school but now I do.

Old Wom Tigley said...

This is a very powerful photograph, made more so by your words, the mist makes the history almost come to life.

Lori said...

A piece of history I didn't know (though it was never my strong subject). If you hadn't told me the story behind the bridge I would've pictured much lovelier memories there. Hopefully the future holds brighter things for such a beautiful place.

Mike said...

Great subject Salty! I can't believe the statistics of this battle. I love this series. (I wonder why):)