The Pry House in Sharpsburg, Md. which would serve as the headquarters forUnion Commander General George B. McClellan during the battle of Sharpsburg, or Antietam Creek, September 17, 1862, from which he watched the carnage on the bloodiest day ever on American soil.
“I am to watch over you as a parent over his children; and you know that your General loves you from the depths of his heart”
George B. McClellan Mar 13 1862, address to the Army of the Potomac
Once again vandals struck Gettysburg National Battlefield on February 29th, 2012, defacing the monument on Sickles Avenue dedicated to the Andrews Sharpshooters, the 2nd Company of Massachusetts Sharpshooters. Vandals have been the bane of the Park Service for many years, with a spree of nine monuments vandalized recorded back in 1915.
Responding to those despicable acts, local citizen A.E. Reath wrote to the park superintendent. In closing his letter, he expressed the feelings of many who fought on both sides of the conflict:
“We all hope you will secure the maniac who injured the monuments. Unless he was insane, a rope’s end would be the proper thing for him.”
Union soldiers retreating past the Heater House at the (reenactment of the) battle of Cedar Creek October 19, 1864, after being attacked in the early morning by the forces of Confederate Lt. General Jubal Early. Later in the day the Union forces rallied under General Phil Sheridan and counterattacked, retaking the trenches they had given up earlier and forcing Early’s troops out of the Shenandoah Valley.