Antietam

This summer I traveled by bicycle to the Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland.  I was struck by the tragedy of the battle: over 23,000 soldiers killed in one day on September 17, 1862.  Despite the loss of life neither side claimed victory.  However, it led to President Lincoln issuing the Emancipation Proclamation five days after the battle.  We had lunch in the town of Sharpsburg which is less than a mile from the battlefield.  The townspeople suffered greatly from the trauma and destruction of homes and farms.  Photographer Alexander Gardner, who was employed by Mathew Brady, photographed the scenes two days after the battle.  I was inspired to create this sepia drawing after one of Gardner’s photographs displayed in the Antietam Museum showing Dunker Church and remains of soldiers.

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Antietam