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Widow, Antietam Survivor, May See Its Re-Enactment

Sharpsburg resident recalls battle Click on the MEDIA ITEMS below for more information


Sunday Star Washington, DC
August 1, 1937.

Widow, Antietam Survivor, May See Its Re-Enactment

Hagerstown Resident Fled After Preliminary Firing.
Special Dispatch to The Star.

HAGERSTOWN, Md.—The battle of Antietam, the seventy-fifth anniversary of which is being celebrated on a mammoth scale this year, is more than something that historians write about for Mrs. Susan A. Santman of this city, who lived at Sharpsburg at the time the battle was fought in 1862.

Although only 17 years old at the time Mrs. Santman remembers clearly how on September 16 the order was given for preliminary firing to cease so that women and children could leave the town. She and a group which totaled about 150 fled to a house along the C. & O. Canal, a mile from Sharpsburg.

Two days after the gory 17th the women returned and started at once to render aid to the many soldiers whose reclining forms covered the surrounding fields. Among the dead and dying were many only slightly wounded who were too weak to move because of their nearly starved condition.

In describing the work of the women Mrs. Santman says: "The shells exploding in the village had killed a large number of chickens. Some of these were brought to us and I remember that we made chicken broth and gave to the wounded Confederates. We also got together what flour we could. I purchased some and we put it all together. We made quite a large quantity of bread in a bake oven. Even before the bread was done we carried it to the famished soldiers who ate it with big gulps."

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Mrs. Santman, who is the widow of Benjamin Santman, member of the 1st Maryland Home Brigade during the Civil War, says that she may attend the re-enactment of the battle of Antietam on September 17, when the Antietam commemoration will be climaxed on the Sharpsburg battlefield.


Washington Star

Washington Post

Copyright Washington Post; reprinted by permission of the DC Public Library; Washington Star newspaper Aug 1, 1937.


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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