“The Cornfield at Antietam”

September 17th, 1862.

In the course of a single day, 8,550 Americans died in this cornfield at Antietam.

“I sometimes think that never blows so red
The Rose as where some buried Caesar bled;

That every Hyacinth the garden wears

Dropt in its Lap from some once lovely head”

— Quatrain XVIII from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

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