We certainly had a full day on Saturday touring this battlefield, and ending our day with a brief stop at Harper's Ferry. Antietam, in Maryland, is located about 60 miles northwest of Washington D.C. It will be one battlefield which I will not forget. This was one of the bloodiest battles during the war, because it happened over only 12 hours. General Lee brought about Confederate 40,000 troops to this September 17, 1862 battle against George McClellan's Union troops of 60,00. When it was all over, there were about 23,000 men dead, wounded, or missing. Needless to say, memorials abound in this battlefield.
At site 4 is a 24-acre cornfield. It saw some of U.S. history's most horrific fighting, which took place over three hours. One Confederate brigade suffered over 60-percent casualties in 30 minutes. Another horrific scene was played out on a sunken farm road, which served as the breastwork for the Confederate Center.