LINCOLN GROUP OF D.C. ANNOUNCES TOUR OF ANTIETAM BATTLEFIELD ON SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 2017
The Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia will sponsor a tour of Antietam Battlefield on Saturday, June 24, 2017, led by longtime LGDC member Craig Howell, a licensed professional tour guide.
The Battle of Antietam, fought at Sharpsburg, Maryland on September 17, 1862, remains the single bloodiest day in American military history. Although the day-long battle was a tactical draw, it counts as a strategic Union victory because Confederate General Robert E. Lee retreated back to Virginia in its aftermath, ending his first invasion of the North. This victory prompted President Abraham Lincoln to announce the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation just five days later on September 22, thereby irreversibly altering the purpose of the entire Civil War.
Our tour will include such prominent battlefield landmarks as the Cornfield, the West Woods, Bloody Lane and Burnside Bridge. The tour will be conducted via a car caravan from the Visitors Center.
Because of the summer heat we will likely feel on June 24, the tour will not include an outdoors picnic. Instead, we will enjoy lunch in the charming (and air-conditioned) comfort of the well-known Bavarian Inn on the banks of the Potomac in nearby Sherpherdstown, WV. Each person will order what they like from the lunch menu and will pay their own bill.
Anyone wishing to participate should RSVP to Craig at email@example.com, or call (202) 462-0535, so he can get a good headcount for our lunch reservation. Also, we will need carpool drivers for those who cannot get to Antietam on their own. When you RSVP, please let Craig know if you will either need a ride or if you can offer a ride. Craig will have printed driving directions to the battlefield for all drivers, and each passengers will pay their driver $10. Parking at Grosvenor-Strathmore will be free all day.
Those participating in the carpool should rendezvous at 9 a.m. at the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Station. Those going directly to Antietam should meet Craig at 10:30 a.m. inside the Visitors Center. The National Park Service charges a $10 admission fee for each vehicle (waived if anyone in the carload has a National Parks Pass).
We should leave the battlefield by 5 p.m. that afternoon.
Completely silenced! Dead Confederate artillery men, as they lay around their battery after the Battle of Antietam.
Creator(s): Gardner, Alexander, 1821-1882, photographer Gardner, Alexander, 1821-1882
Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-ppmsca-34483 (digital file from original item, front) LC-DIG-ppmsca-34484 (digital file from original item, back)
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Brady's Album Gallery. No. 552.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1862, by Alexander Gardner, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Columbia.
Title from item.
Original negative number: LC-B815-552; LC-BH822-433
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