I always get a feeling of melancholy when I visit a Civil War battlefield, such as this, and think of the horrible loss of life and limb, lives shattered and damage needlessly wrought. The Park Service has done a wonderful job preserving and marking the battlefield. We watched the excellent movie in the Visitor's Center, then drove along the marked drive. I particularly enjoyed Dunker Church, Bloody Lane and Burnside Bridge, with tangible reminders of significant events during the battle, and the Maryland Monument, a moving tribute, and the Observation Tower, with its sweeping views of the battlefield. We spent about 2 1/2 hours. People who really get into the the troop positions and play by play could spend days. We drove out of our way to get here and felt rewarded by making the effort.
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