I love this picture for two reasons: one, it’s of Burnside’s Bridge, which is arguably the prettiest and most peaceful place on the Antietam battlefield, and two, there are some hidden monuments for me to identify :-) Said monuments can just barely be seen on the other side of the bridge, peeking up toward the camera. The first one is the 2ND Maryland Infantry, which has a beautiful Maryland state seal as a crown. Next in line is the “drum monument” which belongs to the 51ST Pennsylvania Infantry.
You can just see a hint of fence to the right of these monuments, and one of the most interesting details in the photo is the double-trunked tree to its left. This is Burnside Bridge’s “witness tree”, which began its existence in the 1840’s before the Civil War was even a concept.
PVT. WILLIAM JOHN MARCH
Co. D, 13TH Vermont Infantry
Born July 07, 1844, 1844 --- Died July 02, 1863 at age 18
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