It has been 150 years (September 17, 1862) since one of the bloodiest and deadliest days in American History. Depending upon which side you were on, it was called the Battle of Antietam (Union) or Battle of Sharpsburg (Confederate). Much has been written about the battle itself, the role it played in prolonging the war, and its role on President Abraham Lincoln’s issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation in early 1863.
The Ort Library is pleased to be able to showcase several of the many books the library offers on the Battle of Antietam. Photographs of the dead taken just two days after the battle by Andrew Gardner are also in the display. Andrew Gardner was the first to photograph the aftermath of a battle prior to the dead being buried. Through this Friday (September 21st), a short video produced by the National Park Service will be shown that provides more information on the battle and the photographs taken by Alexander Gardner.
The display and video are both available on the 3rd floor (main floor) of the library.