Monday, October 10, 2011

October 9, 2011: Day off in Hagerstown, MD:

This morning we drove south to Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg, MD. We were surprised at the size of the battleground area.  First we listened to a Park Ranger give an excellent presentation on the events that occurred at this location on September 17, 1862.  It was the bloodiest day in American history - more people died on this single day – 23,110. Later we watched a film regarding the battle before going outside to watch a group of re-enactors put on a firing demonstration.  After these events at the Visitors Center we followed signs and drove around the grounds.

Civil War Reenactment Garrison

Reenactment Spokesman

The Bloody Sunken Lane

We also learned about the role Clara Barton played at Antietam and other Civil War battle locations, beginning her lifetime of humanitarian aid.  She arrived with wagons of provisions for surgeons and aids for those injured soldiers. 

After an afternoon nap and watching part of a ball game we were off to the Outlet Mall for a while!

Cal is 82 miles from Washington D.C.  He hopes to wipe out 50 miles tomorrow.  It depends on the surface of the trail. Regardless how far he progresses we are spending the night with a friend in Fairfax, VA.

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