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A day to remember

September 23, 2012
By MARY BURNS DEAS , The OBSERVER

"Sunken Road," otherwise known as "Bloody Lane," was the scene of much carnage 150 years ago, where after the battle it was said that the bodies were so thick piled two and three deep that a soldier could walk quite a distance without ever touching the ground. This of course was part of the Battle of Antietam during the Civil War. With casualties of more than 23,000, it is known as the "bloodiest day" in all of American history. It was Sept. 17, 1862, that the Union and Confederate forces fought, and in the aftermath five days later on Sept. 22 that Republican President Lincoln announced his decision to issue an order to free the slaves.

 
 

 

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