The Other Side, Part 22

When Spirit Guide and I began our next session, I relaxed and went to another dimension I call “The Other Side.”   I appeared in front of the East Woods at Antietam, and Animal Spirit Guide ran out of the woods toward me. I went down on one knee and hugged her.

Spirit Guide prompted me to ask Animal Spirit Guide if we would have other Animal Spirit Guides to help us.  Animal Spirit Guide indicated she would always be my primary. However, we would meet other Animal Spirit Guides. Immediately I had a picture in my mind of another magnificent animal.  The picture was quite clear as to what animal it was, and then it faded.

Animal Spirit Guide and I, along with Spirit Guide in rapport, began walking down the Smoketown Road toward Dunker Church and the West Woods.

As we walked, I looked north and viewed The Cornfield. The terrain I pictured was the modern day look of Antietam. I tried to get those modern day views out of my mind and envision what the terrain was like back in 1862.

We reached the Dunker Church and turned north.  We walked along Hagerstown Pike, which runs north out of Sharpsburg, passes in front of Dunker Church and continues north 10 miles to Hagerstown, MD.

Dunker Church and Confederate dead

Confederate casualties at Dunker Church.
Library of Congress

The Louisiana Dead scattered along the Hagerstown Pike fence line sat up and looked at Animal Spirit Guide. We came to a clearing in the West Woods and angled northwest toward the bottom of a steep hill. Then all of a sudden we were on Nicodemus Heights, which is a hill west of the West Woods. It was here that Gen. Jeb Stuart had his Horse Artillery stationed at the beginning of the battle.

We were standing among Stuart’s artillery batteries, which were facing east.

Union Troops could be seen headed south toward The Cornfield in a solid line of march that was perpendicular to our hill and on the other side of the Hagerstown Pike.



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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