Saturday, June 15, 2013

Goldsboro's Sacrifice at Battle of Antietam-- Part 6

The battle effectively convinced both sides that a peaceful solution to the war was not possible.

Photgraphers were at the battle and for the first time, the folks back home in the North got a first-hand look at the horrors of the war.  Exhibits of masses of dead soldiers were shown all over the country.

Then, Lincoln used the Battle of Antietam, although not a complete victory, as the enabler to issue his Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the slaves in the Confederacy.

Coffman compared the news coverage of the Vietnam War with that of the Civil War, which helped sway public opinion at home about the reasons for fighting.

A bus trip was planned to the Antietam Battlefield for October 19-21 for $100, with attendees paying for their own room and meals.

I was able to visit the battlefield this past November, just two months after the battle's 150th anniversary and was impressed with it.  However, if you're thinking of finding all the Civil War-related stores, musems, etc., in Sharpsburg, that's not going to happen.  This town has gone through great lengths not to allow the Gettsburgation of it.  I could not easily find a place to eat breakfast the morning I was there.

Old Secesh

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