Saturday, February 18, 2012

Antietam National Battlefield In Winter, Lumix DMC-G1 and 20mm f1.7

Mumma Farm, DMC-G1, Lumix 20mm f1.7
View from Mumma Farm, Antietam, Sharpsburg, Maryland
by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1, Lumix 20mm f1.7
iso100, f16, 1/100 sec

On September 17, 1862, one of the bloodiest battles of the United States Civil War began here at Sharpsburg, Maryland.  This view is from the Mumma Farm, which was deliberately burned by Confederate forces, to prevent Union sharpshooters from gaining the advantage of the shelter.  The Mumma family had already fled, and returned to rebuild the farm in 1863.

Mumma Farm Detail, DMC-G1, Lumix 20mm f1.7
Detail - Mumma Farm Outbuilding
by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1, Lumix 20mm f1.7
iso100, f3.5, 1/200 sec

 I walked the Bloody Lane Trail at Antietam in December, 2009.  From the Mumma farmhouse, the trail leads over the bald hillside where 10,000 Union soldiers marched to the Sunken Road, an old farm wagon road, already occupied by some 2,200 Confederates.  After the battle, there were so many dead from both sides, the road was renamed "Bloody Lane."
 
 
Bloody Lane Approach, DMC-G1, Lumix 20mm f1.7
 The Union Approach to Bloody Lane
by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1, Lumix 20mm f1.7
iso100, f16, 1/80 sec

In total, there were nearly 100,000 soldiers involved in the battle here; 23,000 were killed.  While the Union held the field at the end of the fighting, both sides took horrendous damage, and the line of possession changed very little as a result.

Antietam Sunset, DMC-G1, Lumix 20mm f1.7
Sunset Over Split Rail Fence of Antietam
by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1, Lumix 20mm f1.7
iso100, f8, 1/1300 sec

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