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An Invitation

Letter sent to all Civil War veterans. Click on the MEDIA ITEMS below for more information


An Invitation

September 17th of this year marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam, the high tide of the Confederacy, the bloodiest day's fighting on the American continent.

Sharpsburg, Maryland, upon that date will relive the scenes of that unforgettable conflict. Through this picturesque old town, little altered since 1862, will move the second largest and most colorful parade it has ever witnessed. Out near the site of the hallowed Dunkard Church, haven of mercy for the wounded of both armies, President Roosevelt is expected to deliver the memorial address of the afternoon. And across the sunken roadbed of the famous Bloody Lane, back and forth over the farms of Mumma and Piper and Roulette, thousands of modern troops will reenact the Battle's thrilling climax.

You as an honored veteran of the War between the States are hereby most cordially invited to be present on this occasion, to meet your comrades there in gala reunion and pay tribute to the 23,000 who fell there, many of whom lie buried in the Antietam National Cemetery at Sharpsburg and in Washington Confederate Cemetery at nearby Hagerstown. Above is a facsimile of the special Antietam half dollar that will be minted to help commemorate this event. On one face appears the celebrated Burnside Bridge, still standing as the field's most venerable landmark. On the other, appear the profiles of Robert E. Lee and George B. McClellan, the distinguished master and his popular pupil, who at Antietam matched wits and forces in the last and the greatest of their series of encounters. The coins are to be distributed by the Washington County Historical Society, 45 E. Washington Street, Hagerstown, Maryland.


Doug Bast, Boonsborough Museum of History


Collection Location:
Boonsborough Museum of History

Original Size:
28 x 22 cms

United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Registers; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Veterans--Portraits.


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

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