On this day in 1862, was the bloodiest day of the Civil War at the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg). Abraham Lincoln with Allan Pinkerton and Major General John A. McClernand at Antietam, 1862 (b/w photo) by Alexander Gardner / Collection of the New-York Historical Society, USA
A rare image . . . from the look of these soldiers this is a late civil War photo of a battle-hardened company. A company would have started with around 100 men, there were no replacements. After a hard campaign between caualties and disease this is what might be left . . .
Soldiers and wagons crossing Burnside's Bridge that traverses Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg, Maryland, site of heavy combat during the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) on September 17, 1862. Photographed by Alexander Gardner.