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Antietam Day Brings Memories

Westchester PA opinion Click on the MEDIA ITEMS below for more information


Antietam Day Brings Memories

Friday, the 17th Inst., will be a great day in the neighborhood of Hagerstown and Sharpsburg, Md., because on that day President Roosevelt will pay a visit by way of celebrating the anniversary of the Battle of Antietam. In past seasons, as older residents will recall, it was a great season when Captain William S. Underwood, Rev. Joseph S. Evans, Ezekiel R. Griffith, Theodore P. Turner and numerous other men who had taken part in the Civil War would begin chatting about those stirring times, and a number would leave by steam train to look over the field and review their experience on those bloody days of strife.

To the school boys it was recognized as a grand occasion, although they knew little more than the fact that during the Civil War a large under General George B. McClellan had defeated a body of Confederates under General Robert E. Lee. Antietam Creek with steep sides and a deep bottom, was fought over, and being too deep for crossing on foot or horseback, foiled all attempts until a ford was found where the Union troops might make their way in large numbers. Bridges were guarded by sharpshooters who snipped off many a career which had promised to be brilliant.

Claims are made at the site of the encounter that this was fully as important as Gettysburg, and that it was only by a narrow chance that the Confederates failing to realize what gains they had made over night, neglected to follow them up and press northward to victories on Pennsylvania soil.

While the State of Maryland was always loyal in name, and never did secede from the Union, this was insured only by diplomatic efforts on the part of leaders who took charge of the Legislature and prevented any action. An outbreak of the secessionists was expected at any moment, but never realized.

So the word Antietam has long been one of intense interest to Americans as a whole because of what might have taken place there.


Westchester PA D Local News

Daily Local News

Used with permission of the Westchester Daily Local News.


Collection Location:
Western Maryland Room, Washington County Free Library.

Antietam, Battle of, Md., 1862: Centennial celebrations, etc

Washington County (Md.), 1937.

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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