Tour Stop 11 - Antietam National Cemetery
After the battle the dead were buried where they fell on the battlefield. Later they were reinterred along with Union soldiers who died in combat or in hospitals throughout the region. A total of 4,776 Union soldiers rest here along with dead from four other wars. Separate even in death. Confederate soldiers were buried in Hagerstown and Frederick, Maryland and Shepherdstown, Virginia, now West Virginia.
Did You Know?
Alexander Gardner's photographs of Antietam were the first ever images to show dead soldiers on the field of battle. A New York Times article about the photographs said it was if the "dead had been laid at our doorsteps." More...