sharpsburg

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Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, Maryland: It’s reported to be haunted. Apparitions are seen and some hear soldiers still fighting the battle including the sounds of gun fire, shouting, singing & strong smells of gunpowder. Some see shadow figures and light anomalies are reported in the fields

I had to make a post about this because I’m really excited.

So, tonight I aught up on all of my fave paranormal shows. Ghost Brothers, Ghosts of Sheperdstown, Ghost Asylum (I see a theme…), and I remembered a few things.

In Ghosts of Sheperdstown, they decided that the town run (and the Potomac River) was the thing that was causing the hauntings. But! Since the investigation concluded, the sightings of paranormal happenings have lessened in Shepherdstown, but have grown in other places… Like Harpers Ferry, Sharpsburg, and Martinsburg. So, there’s going to be a second season! In! My! Part of the state!

Honestly, ghosts interest me. The idea that spirits, actual people that died and are stuck on earth, are with us… it’s just an odd feeling. I want to know more.

Apparently, we have a slave cemetery a couple hundred yards behind our neighborhood. That may be why I’m so interested.

Edit: So I asked my parents, and the house is partially built on top of the cemetery, and then there’s another one in the forest in the other direction. Surrounded on all sides. 0-0 I’m wondering how it was legal…

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Antietam Battlefield

according to wikipedia:  “It is a National Park Service protected area along Antietam Creek in Sharpsburg, Maryland which commemorates the American Civil War Battle of Antietam that occurred on September 17, 1862. The area, situated on fields among the Appalachian foothills near the Potomac River.”

according to me:  one of the most influential battles in the civil war, no doubt. like every other national park, it is kept almost spotless and virtually untouched since the day it was abandoned by soldiers. the landscape and its simplistic beauty seems eerie, however, when considering the bloodshed that occurred back in 1862. still, it’s a really cool place with a really insane history.

Monument At Antietam National Battlefield, Dedicated In 1997

The lineage of the Irish Brigade has been officially assigned to “Fighting 69th” of the New York National Guard, which is the only currently active military unit that formed part of it.

On September 17, 1862, the Union and Confederate armies met at Sharpsburg Maryland, in the Battle of Antietam. Command confusion led to the disjointed use of the II Corps, and instead of supporting renewed assaults on the Confederate left at the West Woods, the Irish Brigade found itself facing the center of the Confederate line, entrenched in an old sunken farm road. 

The brigade again acted conspicuously, assaulting the road, referred to after the battle as “Bloody Lane”. Although unsuccessful, the brigade’s attack gave supporting troops enough time to flank and break the Confederate position, at the cost of 60% casualties for the Irish Brigade.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_Brigade_%28U.S.%29

From the monument:

TEXAS


Remembers the valor and devotion of her sons who served at Sharpsburg September 16 - 17, 1862

Here in the Cornfield early on the morning of September 17 the Texas Brigade helped blunt the attack of elements of Mansfield’s Union Corps. Almost alone during this powerful Federal onslaught the Texas Brigade sealed a threatening gap in the Confederate line. In so doing the 1st Texas Infantry Regiment suffered a casualty rate of 82.3 percent, the greatest loss suffered by any infantry regiment, North or South, during the war. Of approximately 850 men engaged the Texas Brigade counted over 550 casualties.


Texas troops at Sharpsburg were: 1st Texas Inf., Lt. Col. P.A. Work; 4th Texas Inf., Lt. Col. B.F. Carter; 5th Texas Inf., Capt. Ike N.M. Turner. (Col. W.T. Wofford’s Texas Brigade Hood’s Division, Longstreet’s Corps)

The Texas Brigade included the 18th Georgia Inf., Lt. Col. S.Z. Ruff, Hampton South Carolina Legion (Inf. Cos.) Lt. Col. M. W. Gary


A Memorial to Texans Who served the Confederacy Erected: by the State of Texas 1964 No. 29-B

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