Rachel Rittenhouse

Christian fiction for ladies young and old

Research, Research, Research!

August 14th, 2014

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!

10502482_10203618481815097_1845451385977361550_nThis 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.



10568820_10203618479455038_2143931619380293332_nWith 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?



20140807_131332 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.



20140807_130003But 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?



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Rachel Rittenhouse

Christian fiction for ladies young and old