Maryland State Monument, Antietam National Battlefield
President William McKinley delivered the keynote at this monument's dedication ceremony in 1900.
This is the only monument at Antietam that commemorates Union and Confederate units, such as this CSA artillery unit.
Backstory and Context
Further elaborating on the battle that is the reason for such a monument, that being the battle of Antietam. In, the midst of the Civil War on September 17th 1862, Union Commander George McClellan led several severe attacks on Confederate General Robert Lee's troops.
This battle at Sharpsburg, Maryland is considered the bloodiest one-day battle that has taken place on American soil. With approximately 23,000 soldiers killed or labeled MIA/POW there were a much higher number of casualties during this battle than there was during D-Day.
This battle was a big turn in the war itself, tempers were flaring between the north and the south and although the battle technically ended in a draw the retreat of the Confederates allowed president Lincoln to declare the Emancipation Proclamation only a few days later.
-Battle of Antietam Facts & Summary. (2018, September 17). Retrieved March 1, 2019, from https://www.battlefields.org/learn/civil-war/battles/antietam
-Top 10 U.S. Civil War Sites. (2010, September 14). Retrieved March 1, 2019, from https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/destinations/north-america/united-states/civil-war-sites/