Antietam National Cemetary

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“The dedication of the Antietam National Cemetary, at Sharpsburg, Md., on Tuesday, September 17th, 1867. The dedication of the National Cemetary at Antietam took place on the 17th of September. The invitations were issued from Baltimore, and a limited number were distributed to the most distinguished persons at the Capital, including the President and his Cabinet and the Diplomatic Corps. The people had come from far and near to witness the imposing ceremonies over the dead heroes who, nearly five thousand in number, lie buried on the loftiest ground of the Antietam battlefield. Here it was, on consecrated ground, that give thousand people assembled to witness the ceremonies over their dead defenders. After a prayer, a hymn was sung to the tune of ‘Old Hundred’ by all present. Then came the Masonic ceremony of laying the corner stone of the monument. After an oration by Ex-Governor Bradford and a few remarks by the President, the ceremonies were brought to a close."— Frank Leslie, 1896


Frank Leslie Famous Leaders and Battle Scenes of the Civil War (New York, NY: Mrs. Frank Leslie, 1896)


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