I now knew where to get flags for any Confederate units to which I wanted to pay tribute.

Piper house AntietamAnyway we went back to the visitor’s center and on the way saw the turn off to the Piper House Bed and Breakfast.  I had booked us into this B&B for our stay at Sharpsburg.  So we entered Piper Lane off the main highway and drove about a quarter of a mile to the parking lot for the B&B. The house had a lot of history since it was one of the few houses still standing that was here during the battle.

We didn’t stay long and were back on the battlefield tour looking over the northern part of the battlefield.  “The Cornfield” is where death was parceled out to extreme numbers of soldiers from both sides. It was said that the 40 acres of head-high corn was beaten down to the ground by the end of the fighting.  Thousands had been wounded or died in this area. Blood was everywhere.

Across from “The Cornfield” are the only two Confederate monuments in the park and they are quite close together.

One is the Texas monument TX state monument Antietamand the other is the Georgia monument. Georia state monument Antietam

I had never seen a Georgia monument before. I learned later that it is fashioned the same for each battlefield and it has the same epithet:

                  We sleep here in obedience to law

  When duty called we came

When country called we died 

Call me a crybaby. But when I read the words I teared up.

About Civil War Reflections

Vernon has been a Civil War buff since childhood, but had been inactive in Civil War history for over two decades. However, in the early 1990s his interest was rekindled after watching Ken Burns’ “Civil War Documentary” on PBS. He particularly became interested in the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) and decided to learn more about this epic struggle.
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