|Here are some more photos of Antietam.
The Sunken Road is known as Bloody Lane. It is a farm lane that severed as a breastwork for the center of the Confederate line. 2,200 Confederate troops and later reinforcements held off attacks of 10,000 Union troops for about three hours. An observer wrote about the dead that “They were lying in rows like ties of a railroad, in heaps like cordwood mingled with the splintered and shattered fence rails. Words are in adequate to portray the scene.”
The stone bridge is known as the Burnside Bridge named after General Burnside. The Confederates held the high ground and the bridge for over three hours before Burnside’s command finally captured the bridge and crossed Antietam creek. The sycamore tree on the right side of the bridge was standing during the battle and is still there today.
Driving the self guided auto tour and seeing all the monuments to all the different units that were engaged in the battle of Antietam can be a very moving experience.