Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Battle of Sharpsburg, September 17, 1862 Can be Consuming!!

151 years ago today, the Battle of Sharpsburg was fought in Maryland. It is also known as the Battle of Antietam if you are a Northerner. It was a very bloody battle in our bloody Civil War with about 23,000 casualties on both sides. That is more Americans killed and wounded in one day then any other day in U.S. History.

If you are like me, you are a True Civil War Nut and think about it daily. Well September 17th, 19 years ago today proved to be an occasion that demonstrated to my then bosses how all consuming that hobby was to me. I wrote an owner's approval letter to get permission to spend money on a project. So I typed it on my computer, printed it on company letterhead, signed it and walked it down to the owner's rep. A few minutes later, he called me up on the phone and said "where is your head, today?" Confused, I said "What do you mean?" Gerry then said the OA I submitted was dated September 17, 1862. "Your kidding" I replied, then explained to him the significance of the day.

The battle while Tactically a draw, at least stalled Lee and allowed Lincoln to claim a moral victory after which he wrote the Emancipation Proclamation. It also revealed to my bosses, how deep i was into the subject  :-)

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