Antietam

My son-in-law and I explored the Antietam Battlefield  yesterday.  That site of the bloodiest day ever in American history, with 23,000 casualties, was amazing, humbling, sad, thrilling, inspiring.  We read Jeff Shaara’s account of the battle in his guide to Civil War battlefields, so we understood about the corn field, the sunken road, and Burnside’s bridge, still standing and upon which we walked, imagining the carnage it held (as well 

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://www.brandywinebooks.net Lars Walker

    I’ve studied the Civil War off and on all my life, and visited a few battlefields. It’s fascinating, and there’s always something new to learn, even after a century and a half.

    But sometimes, when you stop to think about it, the tragedy and loss is almost unbearable.

  • http://www.brandywinebooks.net Lars Walker

    I’ve studied the Civil War off and on all my life, and visited a few battlefields. It’s fascinating, and there’s always something new to learn, even after a century and a half.

    But sometimes, when you stop to think about it, the tragedy and loss is almost unbearable.

  • http://www.pagantolutheran.blogspot.com Bruce

    Next to Gettysburg, I think Antietam’s landscape is the most evocative in helping to imagine how horrible the battles were. That bridge location is poignant, with the Rebel forces ensconced on the ridge overlooking it and slowly running out of ammunition as they mowed down one charge after another. This, Ed, was the battlefield I THOUGHT we were going to when we visited Bull Run together last year.

  • http://www.pagantolutheran.blogspot.com Bruce

    Next to Gettysburg, I think Antietam’s landscape is the most evocative in helping to imagine how horrible the battles were. That bridge location is poignant, with the Rebel forces ensconced on the ridge overlooking it and slowly running out of ammunition as they mowed down one charge after another. This, Ed, was the battlefield I THOUGHT we were going to when we visited Bull Run together last year.

  • The Jones

    “If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South this terrible war as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to Him? Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said “the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.”
    With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations. ”
    -Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address

    Whoa. The absolute horror of that war, and the unbelievable resolve and direction that was present in the midst of it all… Whoa. That’s all I have to say.

  • The Jones

    “If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South this terrible war as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to Him? Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said “the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.”
    With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations. ”
    -Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address

    Whoa. The absolute horror of that war, and the unbelievable resolve and direction that was present in the midst of it all… Whoa. That’s all I have to say.


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