First off, I apologize for not having a post last Thursday. As you will soon see, I was in the midst of driving 10+ hours to North Carolina and the wi-fi was limited!
On every vacation my family takes, we always stop at some historic place or national park. Being a writer, this screams research!
This past week, we stopped at Antietam National Battlefield. This battle took place on September 17, 1862 when General Lee of the Confederate Army invaded the North. The Battle of Antietam is said to be the bloodiest one-day battle in the Civil War with around 4000 men being killed.
With the picture on the left, I want you to imagine that cornfield filled with a sea of blue and gray, canons facing each other. What if you are wearing the Union blue. Do you wonder if your cousin or maybe even brother is out there in the Confederate gray waiting to kill you?
Imagine the inhabitants actually living in the town. Can you imagine the horror they must have faced? Would they leave their homes and fields? Or should they stay and fight alongside their country men? Whatever choice was chosen, everything in sight would have been destroyed.
But despite the terrors of war that surrounded Antietam, five days after the Union victory, President Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. This proclamation transformed “the war for the Union into a war for freedom as well.”
What about you? Do you enjoy stopping at National Parks?