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On Sept. 17, 1862, Maj. Gen. George McClellan’s Army of the Potomac engaged in a bloody slugfest with Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia just outside the town of Sharpsburg, Maryland. The battle resulted in over 23,000 casualties, and it remains the bloodiest day in American history. The National Park Service has preserved most of those fought-over farms and woodlots as Antietam National Battlefield.  

Recently, during a First Monday broadcast in the area, Civil War Times Director of Photography Melissa Winn took some images of the battlefield on a beautiful summer’s day. Fields once soaked with blood have now become places where people can learn, remember, and enjoy peaceful, contemplative views. I think the veterans would approve. 

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