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