There is a wonderful blog called Civil War Daily Gazette, which acts as a sort of newspaper chronicling the events of the American Civil war on a day by day basis, 150 years on. I look at it everyday.
I missed posting on this yesterday, which was the 150th anniversary of the bloodiest single day of battle in American History: the Battle of Antietam.
I visited the battlefield a few years back on a beautiful sunny day and admit to choking up when I came to the infamous sunken road, or “Bloody Lane”. Reading about a battle is one thing, but standing on the site and seeing the terrain is another. May as few of us as possible experience the horror of earnest battle.
We can also be grateful that we no longer send troops at each other in ranks. One of the most terrible things about the American Civil War is that weapons were becoming more advanced, but the immediate tactics of battle had not developed at the same pace.
Today would then be the 150th anniversary of the aftermath of the battle, the clearing of the unreal carnage.
Antietam slowed Gen. Lee down and caused him to with withdraw from Maryland back into Virginia, which gave Pres. Lincoln the impetus to issue on 22 September the preliminary version of what would a few months later, on 1 January 1863, be the Emancipation Proclamation.