The Other Side, part 9

I don’t know what I had expected to happen, but it wasn’t that!

My Spirit Guide asked me what happened, because she could sense how I felt. I guess the surprise I registered must have been transmitted to her.

I told her what had happened, and she said I had done well.

The Spirit Guide asked if I had any other places I wanted to go, and I said yes.

I wanted to go the place that in the present day has an iron tripod with a kettle hanging from it. It is just south of the Miller Cornfield (The Cornfield). Gibson and Gardner took a picture near there of a Union burial party digging graves for Confederate soldiers who were still lying on the ground two days after the Battle of Antietam.

Once I approached the area, two Confederates came out of the ground and looked at me. I told my Spirit Guide what had happened, and she said to show the Symbol.

“Tell them that you come in peace, and you want to honor them by telling their stories,” she instructed.

So I raised my Symbol and told them I had come to honor them…and had been sent to learn about them, to tell their stories about what they had experienced.

They accepted what I said, but I was really at a loss for words.

Spirit Guide had to feed me questions to ask them. So, I asked them where they were from. The word Louisiana came into my mind. I immediately remembered that a Louisiana Brigade had fought here at the first part of the battle.

Antietam cavalry casualty

1862 archive photo by Gibson and Gardner

I got so excited that these men were from an actual unit that was in this area of the battlefield in 1862, that I couldn’t really concentrate very well.

All of a sudden an officer rode by on a white horse, and I knew it had to be Colonel Strong of Hay’s Louisiana Brigade. Col. Strong’s horse had been killed in the battle, and Gibson and Gardner had taken a picture of it two days after the battle in this area of the field between Miller’s Cornfield (The Cornfield) and Smoketown Road.

The two men called him over. My heart was in my throat.

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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