***I’ll be away for a few days, so the next post will be Friday, August 15TH***
I’ve always thought Antietam’s National Cemetery has a completely different “feel” than Gettysburg’s, though that might just be personal opinion. Whatever the reason, I think this picture somehow illustrates the reverence of a sacred burial ground. In the distance, the large portrait statue fondly known as “Old Simon” lords over the tombstones. According to the National Park Service’s “teachers’ guide” to the cemetery, the soldier monument weighs about 280 tons. And did you know the monument was once displayed in Philadelphia? Many of the Park Service sites have teacher materials with fascinating facts like these.
PVT. WILLIAM J. ABRAMS
Co. K, 120TH New York Infantry
Born 1826 --- Died July 02, 1863 at age 37
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