Today was the opening session for the long weekend commemoration of the 150th anniversary of America’s Bloodiest Day. Already quite a number of guests were at the Battlefield, but clearly the Park is fully prepared with a plan for every parking contingency or whatever else is needed.

I spent the morning with a great three-generation family from California and Pennsylvania. They arranged to meet together at this place at this time – having had an ancestor fight across the Cornfield with the 3rd Wisconsin regiment of the Union Army’s 12th Corps. Due to parking considerations and the visual difficulties of seeing much around the Cornfield with the crop so high, I did something I’ve not done before – taking the family to the “courtyard” of the Indiana State Monument. This gave enough elevation to see over the corn and gain a good perspective of this area of the field.

Here are a few pictures of the setup around the visitor’s center. There is plenty to see and do beyond just exploring the battlefield itself.

 

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About Randy Buchman

I live in Western Maryland, and among my too many pursuits and hobbies, I regularly feed multiple hungry blogs. I played college baseball, coached championship cross country teams at Williamsport (MD) High School, and have been a sportswriter for various publications and online venues. My main profession is as the lead pastor of a church in Hagerstown called Tri-State Fellowship. And I'm active in Civil War history and work/serve at Antietam National Battlefield with the Antietam Battlefield Guides organization. Occasionally I sleep.

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