Antietam National Battlefield is a little over two hours straight east from where I’ve been living since 1990. I had passed the exit off I-70 to Sharpsburg, Maryland, and the battlefield numerous times over the years while on my way to DC or Baltimore. Numerous times I felt compelled to abandon whatever schedule I was on and explore the battlefield, but a few stops for gas right off the exit were as close as I came.
In summer of 2015, however, I drove east on I-70 with Antietam specifically in my cross-hairs. I had discovered that two of my ancestor uncles (brothers) had fought with the 36th Ohio Infantry Regiment at Antietam and I was drawn to follow in their footsteps. That visit became the first of dozens as I began driving over frequently to photograph the battlefield in all sorts of weather and at all times of day. One of my photos (I won’t tell you which, but I took it on my very first visit) inspired me to start writing Giving Voice to Dawn, a reincarnation tale that takes place in part on Antietam Battlefield.
Since a photo started my book, I thought it appropriate to put together a set of particularly nice shots that serve to illustrate points of interest that I mention in Giving Voice to Dawn. So I did. And I had them printed up as affordable postcards. This first set includes a variety of locations that range from Dunker Church and other points of interest on the northern end of the field, Bloody Lane and locations along Roulette Lane, and numerous points of interest at the southern end of the field, including Burnside Bridge, which many of my ancestors (uncles and cousins—all Union boys) crossed under fire during the battle.
This first set of cards includes fourteen 5″ x 7″ prints on 115# premium glossy cover stock (which means these are high-quality, glossy cards with a beautiful finish). A title that alludes to a specific passage from Giving Voice to Dawn is printed on the back along with location information. These are perfect for framing and displaying, but note that I didn’t format the backs to mail without an envelope.