For my second day in Baltimore, Joani decided to take me over to visit the Antietam National Battlefield park. I had actually been there before, about 13 years ago. However, I was on crutches at the time and being “dragged” there while camping with my family. It was so neat to go back and actually be interested in what I was reading, seeing, and hearing! Here are a few pictures from the area:
I think what struck me the most on this visit was the sheer numbers of soldiers killed, wounded, or missing in one day. Over 23,000! I mean, fighting was obviously way different then, but we yell about losing 10 soldiers in 3 days. At Antietam, about 3,500 were killed in 1 day! I don’t know. It just puts some things in perspective a bit, I guess. Or maybe it’s just me.
Anyhow, it was a great trip and I’m so thankful to Joani and her mom for opening up their lovely home and for sharing their great cooking (we had Maryland blue crab!).