When I posted last week's Sunday Drive about Wisconsin, I thought I had finished with all the states east of the Mississippi. Then I realized I had missed one:
Our time in Maryland was during our 2008 trip which by now everyone knows I used my digital camera almost exclusively and then lost the pictures after I had put them on my computer and that computer crashed.
Why is it known as the Battle of Antietam and the Battle of Sharpsburg? Because the South usually named battles for the nearest town while the North named them for the nearest water. Picture above is of Burnside's Bridge over Antietam Creek - our first stop before heading to the Visitor Center. The park officer giving the orientation that day was excellent.
Even though Maryland was a slave state, it remained part of the Union. The Battle of Antietam was the first major battle to be fought on Union soil, September 17, 1862.
Last fall when we left Gettysburg, PA, we dipped back down into Maryland and drove west along that narrow neck of the state. It was while on that road we saw the opposite side of the interstate closed down while numerous state and county patrol vehicles escorted some huge, mysterious, hidden, what?? It was so large it took up almost all of both lanes and the shoulders. I'd still like to know what it was. Traffic on that side was backed up for miles. I was just glad we were headed west instead of east.