Just a few pictures from Bernie of Middletown Daily Photo's neck of the wood. If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of D.C., drive about an hour and fifteen minutes north on I-270 to I-70 West and you'll encounter the villages of Middletown, Boonsboro, and Antietam (or Sharpsburg, depending on which side of the Civil War you fall on.) These are but a few of the sights we enjoyed.
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This stone church, called Dahlgren's Chapel, was built around 1881 by Madeleine Dahlgren, the wife of Admiral John Dahlgren, USN, inventor of the Dahlgren gun. The gun was used on board the USS Monitor against CSS Virginia, formerly the steam frigate USS Merrimack.
Fence line : Antietam National Historic Battlefield : Antietam, MD
The Civil War's bloodiest one day battle took place in Antietam, Maryland, on September 17, 1862. More than 23,000 were killed, wounded, or missing at the end of 12 hours of fierce fighting. It was the first major battle of the Civil War to take place on northern soil. Six corps of the Army of the Potomac under the command of Gen. Geo. B. McClellan repelled two corps of the Army of Northern Virginia under the command of Gen. Robt. E. Lee. (To read more about it, go here.) The Federal victory was "tactically indecisive" but it was significant enough to persaude President Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation four months later in January 1863.
On the way home, we stopped at a produce and craft stand to admire and buy some of the pumpkins, apples, and assorted fall harvest. It was quite colorful!
This last picture features Bernie of Middletown Daily Photo taking a picture of a woman we met during our walkabout. I can't remember her name, but we chatted with her for a good 15 minutes or so.
And here's a slideshow of a few more photos from around Middletown, Boonsboro, and Antietam! (Click on the image to open a new window in Picasa and launch the slideshow there.)
Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 10/08