Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Anniversary Of The Battle Of Antietam

Today is the 146th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam, fought September 17th, 1862 near the town of Sharpsburg, MD along the Antietam River. It is the costliest single-day battle in American history, with over 23,000 casualties, and was the springboard for President Lincoln's issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation.
The Jess and I haven't been to the field yet (though it's at the top of the list for our east coast swing), but here is a link to the National Park Service website for you to enjoy. As we mark this day, here is an interview with James McPherson from NPR's archives discussing the battle and its aftereffects. During my NPR archives search, I found this interesting segment about a pocketsize copy of the Emancipation Proclamation that was issued to soldiers in early 1863. I've actually seen one of these, our friend and fellow book collector Paul has this item in his collection. Talk about holding a piece of history!

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