The Maryland Monument on the Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, Maryland, surrounded by red Maple trees in Autumn.
The Maryland Monument is the only Antietam monument dedicated to soldiers from both factions of the Civil War. Maryland's legislature formed a nine-member commission composed of men who fought at Antietam - six from Union ranks and three from Confederate ranks to facilitate the tribute. President William McKinley, an Antietam veteran, dedicated the monument on May 30, 1900. Approximately 20,000 people attended the dedication ceremony.
The Battle of Antietam was the bloodiest single-day conflict of the American Civil War and the first battle in Union territory. It began at dawn on September 17, 1862, raging for 12 hours; when it ended at around 6 p.m., nearly 23,000 of the 100,000 soldiers were either dead, wounded, or missing. It remains the deadliest day in American history.
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October 30th, 2023
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