Hello Blogland!!! Wow, what a dreary day after the beautiful weekend we’ve had. We got almost 4 inches of rain so far today!!!Miss KaeKae is now an internet STAR!!! I did a search for vintage Antietam images to use in my post and her picture is on the front page of the search!!! Now she will be unbearable and make more diva demands!! I snipped it to save and share!
Last Friday I debuted the handmade vintage blouse I thrifted a few weeks ago. I’m thinking by the style and fabric it was late 60’s or early 70’s and probably made for a guy. I didn’t care-I LOVED it!! I had so many compliments about it. I’m going to draft a pattern off of it to make more. I paired it with thrifted wide-leg jeans, clogs and love beads-had a flashback to High School!!!! The purse I recently thrifted and while gorgeous is a total pain to use. It’s narrow and hard to get stuff into. But no fear–I have a makeover idea for it!!
Feelin’ Groovy!!! This is how I dressed mid 70’s in high school!
I decided to be somewhat casual today as it was gonna be WET and MISERABLE!! I started out in a white button front blouse and my black boyfriend blazer-but got too hot (menopause sucks) I then decided to change out to my thrifted knit glen plaid blazer. I was STILL sweating like a pig!! Off went the blouse and on went a black tshirt. The hubster watched all of this in total confusion-LOL. I adore the knit blazer–it’s a ponte knit with black velvet trim and is like wearing a tshirt!!! Everyone loved it!
Jean-Lee Rider via Walmart years ago, Black T-Goodwill, Jacket-Thrifted, Ankle Boots-thrifted for $2 maybe 10+ years ago, Buttonflower by MeganMae
Since I’ve been using a homemade shampoo bar on my hair it’s gotten crazy curly!!! The humidity today was causing it to go wild!!
And now to our history portion of the post. I am going to share photo’s from the tour of the battlefield. They had shuttle buses and they stopped at certain points where a ranger or Living History person gave a lecture about what occurred there. It was FACINATING!!
We started first at what is known as “The Cornfield”, which was part of D.R.Miller’s farm. The battle began in the foggy dawn and raged for several hours that morning. The cornfield was but stubble when it was over strewn with THOUSANDS of dead and dying men.
The cornfields look like they did that morning in 1862
The day after.
Union Artillary and Infantry
What the Union soldiers saw looking out from North Woods/Poffenberger Farm
The Mumma barn, house and outbuildings
The Mumma farm after the battle
The next stop was a farm lane called “The Sunken Lane” but forever now known as “Bloody Lane”. The farm lane was in like a trench with high sides. The Confederates lay in their and decimated the Union soldiers until the Union overpowered them. It became like an open grave full of bloody bodies.
“Bloody Lane” today and the lane off it to another farm.
Bloody Lane the day after-now a mass grave.
We then traveled to the location of the last skirmishes of the battle-Burnside Bridge. This location is very near my house. The Confederates were on the ridge above and it took hours for the Union Army to cross the bridge and take the high ground. From there they ran the Confederates back into Sharpsburg proper.
On the ridge above Burnside Bridge and Antietam Creek
Here is Burnside Bridge as seen after the battle.
the Burnside Bridge
Our last stop was The Pry Farm, which was the Union General McClellan’s headquarter’s during the battle. It also served as a field hospital.
The Pry House. They had a wonderful Civil War era herb garden. The Pry family eventually left this farm for Tennessee as their children were so traumatized by the battle and aftermath.
The Pry house the day after
I’m going to leave the National Cemetary for another post. Below are some more vintage photos taken after the battle. Antietam was the first time there were photo’s taken on a battlefield. Matthew Brady exhibited them in New york City to the shock of the populace, who now had a stark reminder of the price of war.
The dead awaiting burial the day after.
The first picture is of the Lutheran church in Sharpsburg-which had to be torn down. The second picture is of a lone tree on the battlefield. The third picture is of the Dunker Church and the dead.
Thanks to all of you who are allowing me to share this bit of history with you. One of the Living History speakers put the carnage of that day in perspective. There were more casualties that day then the Revolutionary Wart, War of 1812, Mexican-american War and Spanish-American War PUT TOGETHER.
To really put the Civil War’s cost in human life in perspective–770,000 died-2% of the total population of the US at that time. In today’s terms- it would be like losing 7 MILLION soldiers during the Iraq War. Mind boggling!!
Stop by Thursday for some more fashion and history!!