Very recently, Antietam gained a brand new monument, the first on the field since the 1990s. While the National Park Service has a moratorium on new monuments, this one was erected on private property, sitting just south of Cornfield Avenue, as well as the famous Cornfield itself. The monument honors the 11th Mississippi Infantry. The monument is extremely well done, very tasteful and respectful, yet artistic as well. This is one Antietam Ranger who is (unofficially of course) very pleased with the new addition to our park.
Here are a few pics of our newest monument...
Our Country's Fiery Ordeal
A blog about the American Civil War, written and maintained by historian Daniel J. Vermilya, author of The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain (History Press, 2014) and James Garfield and the Civil War (History Press, 2015)
Dedicated to my great-great-great grandfather, Private Ellwood Rodebaugh, Company D, 106th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, killed at the Battle of Antietam, September 17, 1862.
"And may an Overuling Providence continue to cause good to come out of evil, justice to be done to all men where injustice has long prevailed, and finally, peace, quiet, and harmony to come out of this terrible confrontation and our country's fiery ordeal." -- Albert Champlin, 105th Ohio, Diary entry of June 19, 1864 (Western Reserve Historical Society)