This charming country scene isn’t just any old postcard shot: It’s one of the bloodiest areas of the Antietam National Battlefield. To the left are the “West Woods”, still quite woodsy (though these trees are of a much newer generation). Hagerstown Pike runs smack dab in the center of the photo. To the right of the road is the 59TH New York monument, and up ahead to the right is the David Miller farm. (Miller owned the infamous Cornfield). If you mentally erase the road signs, the electric lines, and the monuments/markers (it takes imagination!) and add a dirt road, you can see what the soldiers saw.
PVT. ELIJAH C. JARMAN
Co. K, 26TH North Carolina Infantry
Born 1844 --- Died August 01, 1863 at age 19
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