Ginny's Adventures 2006 travel blog

Bloody Lane (Sunken Road) as seen from the tower

THe tower and some of the many plaques at Antietam describing the...

Monuments - there were lots of these scattered over the 12 square...

Dunker Church, focal point because of the high ground around it

I liked these monuments - drum, whatever, cannonballs, bullet

Burnside Bridge was finally crossed by Union troops, headed by Gen. Burnside...

Writing on the opposite side of McKinley's monument said he served coffee...

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Bloody Lane was the most scenic place I found on the battlefield

I left the Wal-Mart parking lot in Frederick this morning, heading west to Falling Waters, West Virginia for a little visit in that state before turning south again. On the way, the road to the National Battleground beckoned and I was getting to WV too fast to check in. The road got a little narrow and windy, but I did just fine.

I came upon a road that was part of the car tour before I got to the visitors center and I took it! After about 1/4 mile, it became a one way road which was a good thing because that was very narrow! There was a place for me to pull over to walk the grounds and climb the tower and read all the placards. I don't understand the language of war tactics and I got confused with who was who after awhile, but I did appreciate the gravity of the battle with so many lives lost that day. Even though the North was pushed back many times, they prevailed and they were proclaimed the winners. So Lincoln visited and announced his Emancipation Proclamation, making the Civil War a fight for the union and no more slavery.

When I came upon the main road again, I decided to get to the campground and come back to complete my visit. I checked in about noon and was ready to venture out before 2 PM. I am very glad I decided to get on I-81 to go to the Welcome Centers for both West Virginia and Virginia before going anywhere else. The welcome center in Virginia was closed and I had to go into a confusing town with construction to get a map and information. I would have had a hell of a time driving Miss Daisy and would have had to unhook Edna to get out of that parking lot!

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