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)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Landscape Turned White: October Snow at Antietam

If you have not heard, we have had a bit of snow as of late at Antietam. While it won't last for long, as more seasonal temperatures are in store for us, it was quite a day on Saturday. We lost power at the Visitor Center and had to close early, as the landscape outside was transformed from a fall battlefield to a winter battlefield. I had the chance this morning to take some early morning photographs of Antietam's snowy landscape. I have never seen the battlefield more beautiful and serene. I hope you enjoy...

 The Pry House

 "Old Simon"

Piper Orchard and Observation Tower

 14th Connecticut Monument

 New York State Monument and Visitor Center

 Dunker Church, surrounded by frozen fall colors

 Maryland Monument

 The frozen 124th Pennsylvania Monument

 Indiana Monument with a now snow covered cornfield just behind it

 14th Brooklyn Monument

Texas Monument

 Mumma Farm with a distant Observation Tower

 132nd Pennsylvania Monument

 A frozen wayside pannel

 132nd Pennsylvania Monument, Observation Tower, and a frozen fence

While the sun has come out again and the snow has begun melting, it is obvious that colder weather is just around the corner. Hopefully, many more beautiful sights and pictures are to come at Antietam. Seeing the battlefield adorned in a frozen layer of white was truly a remarkable sight this morning

1 comment:

  1. Looks like you got some amazing shots of the morning stillness!

    Except for the cow, of course.