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29 Jul 2020

ANTIETAM 1937 COMMEMORATIVE

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Antietam. The bloodiest day in American history.. 23,000 soldiers were killed wounded or missing. To think this happened in twelve hours. Savage combat on September 17, 1862 . Bloody but it lead Lincoln to write the the EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION. This document meant freedom for all slaves. Now this battle is also known as the Battle of Sharpsburg. The General's were Robert E. Lee for the army of the south. . And General George B McClellan's army of the Potomac.

Before.I go on Lincoln was not a fan of McClellan. He was relieved later in the war.. The battle finished the confederate army of North Virginia first invasion into the North had failed. There were many battles that decided the end to this day. Miller's corn field. The corn was higher that any man . Both sides entered from opposite ends.. They fired blindly in the other side tion. Soldiers said there heard shots to by there ears. Some never heard it. . Bodies just dropped filling the corn field with blood.
The main battles Bloody Lane. They said at one point the blood was so deep it almost reached your ankles Sunken road again a blood bath. Burnside Bride were over 600 men lost their lives. There was an incline on the field in Sunken road. The confederate did not see the North until it was to late.
I have been there. I would sit on a bench and read the huge brass plate describing the Battle and how many died there. You could here soldiers yelling. When I got to the Burnside Bridge I stood next to the Witness tree. At the time it was 175 years old An eastern Sycamore at the North end of the bridge.. It's loaded with bullets from there long rifles and guns.. The ground saturated with them. But don't take one it's against the law. This field is all Hollow ground.

Many have tried to describe this battle. My professor in College. Book writers. I call it organized mayhem.. That's what it was. . There are many stories about heroes . To me every one who died of survived was a hero. . It was day in our history but it is our history.. Before I go they found a dead Oak witness yes at Gettysburg died from all the lead in the tree.. If those trees could talk. But they did watch.

The coin was made in 1937.it's weight 12.5 grm 30.6 mm.900 silver and 100 copper. It was designed by William Marks Simpson. Made in Philadelphia. The mintage was 50,000 however 32,000 were returned and melted leaving 18000. That's a crime.. I hope you enjoyed this one day in our history and why it has to be fought. Thanks Mike P.S. Read up on this battle. There are books pages and pages maps you can't count. I think it's a must read.I


PLEASE ENLARGE THE PHOTOS. YOU WILL SEE LINCOLN BETTER AND THE WITNESS TREE THE TITLE IS UNDER THE PICTURE.

Comments

Mike B

Level 7

Has anyone thought what the world would be like if the Confederate would have won!!

Mike B

Level 7

Yes the repercussions are felt today. . But innocent men on both sides died. Simple store regular farmers with a family they were not political. Do you think they wanted to go and die for something they didn't believe in.. There are so many country's who tried genocide . And you know what it's still a part of there history as this war will always be. Relatives living today of those who died still suffer. As in any family in any war.

Kepi

Level 6

What a powerful blog Mike. Thank you for sharing this coin and the history behind it. I must say that I agree with what everyone has to say in their comments. Not to get off-subject...but in the group photo with Lincoln, That's one huge cat in the chair! ; )

It's hard to fathom how that many people could have died in such little time. Such a dark history for such a bright coin. Thanks for another great blog!

Vailen

Level 3

Very informative post. I have heard about that battle but never knew the details. If I ever collect early commemoratives that coin will be on my list. Thanks for posting.

coinfodder

Level 4

I had visited Antietam in 2016. However, Burnside's Bridge had been closed for renovations. Great blog. The largest impact of the Civil War in my mind was the debt the country tacked on. RIP to the fallen on both sides, Great blog.

Golfer

Level 5

Awesome Commemorative Coin. The civil war certainly has some unbelievable stories to tell. Thanks for the story on Antietam and that time frame.

"SUN"

Level 5

Great coin to have. I like reading about the civil war, and collect items from that era.

coinsbygary

Level 5

Certainly, the Civil War is a sobering event in our nation's history. Sadly, the chickens of slavery came home to roost but at a great cost. Legislatively, the British ended their practice of slavery and slave trading. Unfortunately, it took the end of the Civil War for us to end the practice. I'm with Mokie in that the repercussions of this war are still with us today. Sadly, the people pulling down statues today sometimes have no idea what they are doing. In my state, they pulled down a statue of a Colonel that died in battle who was an outspoken abolitionist. If we can only hit the pause button, cool down, and carefully think about what we are doing, maybe we can convey the whole truth of history in all its ugliness and beauty. Then and only then, when we are honest about ourselves, can true healing take place.

Longstrider

Level 6

You are too right Gary. Thanks for the thoughts.

Mike B

Level 7

Gary I was going to write a blog on that. I have the research. What you say is true. So many great men who did great things and treated everyone with equaility. Some built schools hospitals if they were hurt and churches. This is also our history.

Longstrider

Level 6

Great description of these battles Mike. I hope people study it. I also agree with Mokie. Thanks.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

It is a breathtaking description of the battle you have provided us. Leaves me in awe and feeling somber. All I can compare it to in my mind is a battle of armys in the 1200-1300's. A full frontal brutal assault with mayhem all around. I deeply appreciate this blog.

Mokie

Level 5

Mike, thank you for sharing your thoughts and impressions of the Antietem batle. The Civil War was certainly the most costly and horrific war this nation has ever seen, or will hopefully ever see. The repercussions of that war live with us to this day. I believe in preserving all monuments to this war but I also believe in putting them in context and not glorifying the confederate intent to destroy our nation.

Mike B

Level 7

Mokie I could of not said it better. I'm very surprised no one noticed one of two Lincolns cats. That's Tabbie in his chair he took him with him and Dixie said at home.!! He also had a of at home

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