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Friday, February 7, 2014

February 7, 2014

**Antietam Friday**

Antietam’s National Cemetery may not be as large as Gettysburg’s, but it definitely has the same intimate, hallowed feel. The gatehouse is located along Dunker Church Road, a major artery for the battlefield, and its gothic style catches your eye before you even walk through the gate. Once inside, you’ll notice poem plaques much like the ones you’d see at Gettysburg National Cemetery.

Not everyone buried at the cemetery is a Civil War casualty. For instance, one of the only stones I can read on the third photo (first stone in the second row) is for John Clancy Butler, a soldier in the Motor Transportation Corps who died in October 1945. The second visible stone is in the row closest to the camera, in the middle. This is Francis M. Reynolds, who died August 1943 at the age of 27.


Co. A, 1ST Louisiana Infantry

Born 1836 --- Died August 10, 1863 at age 27

Seeing how many of his friends had been shot to pieces during the Gettysburg battle, Pvt. Taber might have felt himself lucky that his reason for being sent to Camp Letterman was dysentery. Unfortunately, disease could and did kill men just as effectively, and he died on August 10TH at the age of 27. He was later buried at Richmond’s Hollywood Cemetery.

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