§ A Novel of Time Travel
I went up to the overlook deck on the second floor and looked out from the glass-encased viewing room at the landscape.
You can see north all the way to where the North Woods used to stand and The Cornfield, too.
You can look to the south and see the Sunken Road/Bloody Lane and the tower built in the 1890’s for the Civil War Veterans to view the fields and roads they traversed during that fateful day, September 17, 1862.
You can look east and see the East Woods, the Smoketown Road, the Mumma farm, the top of the Roulette farm and, in the distance, the Pry house property, where McClellan spent most of his time during the battle.
You can look west out of the side of the viewing room and see the Dunker Church, the Hagerstown Pike and the West Woods.
Just taking in all this scenery brings a euphoria that I have the privilege to stand on Hallowed Ground, where my heroes walked, fought, were wounded, and some died.
After a few minutes of revelry, I went down stairs, paid my 5 dollars for a park pass and visited the bookstore. The bookstore has a wealth of books not only on Antietam, but the whole Civil War. They also have some t-shirts and sweaters. I bought a new shirt and vacated the building.
I drove north down the old road that used to be part of the Hagerstown Pike and then to the North Woods. This is where it all started between 5:00AM and 5:30AM on the morning of the battle. The Union 1st Corps started their advance south.
I got out of the car and faced south. You can’t see the Dunker Church very well due to some tree lines that weren’t there during the war. I looked to the west and saw Nicodemus Heights, where Jeb Stuart’s Artillery rained havoc down on the Union soldiers as they stepped off their attack.