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Two Major Anniversaries

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    Just remember two big anniversaries that occurred today.

    Signing of the Constitution
    September 17, 1787 (220 yrs ago)
    The breakdown of government under the Articles of Confederation in the mid-1780’s persuaded the Continental Congress to call for a convention to amend the Articles so that they would prove “adequate to the exigencies of Union.” That convention assembled in Philadelphia on May 25, 1787 and, after a little more than three months of debate, completed and signed the Constitution of the United States on September 17th.

    September 17, 1862 (145 yrs ago)
    The Battle of Antietam (also known as the Battle of Sharpsburg, particularly in the South), fought on September 17, 1862, near Sharpsburg, Maryland, and Antietam Creek, as part of the Maryland Campaign, was the first major battle in the American Civil War to take place on Northern soil. It was the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, with almost 23,000 casualties.

    "Leading off the fourth attack of the day against the sunken road was the Irish Brigade of Brig. Gen. Thomas F. Meagher. As they advanced with emerald green flags snapping in the breeze, a regimental chaplain, Father William Corby, rode back and forth across the front of the formation shouting words of conditional absolution prescribed by the Roman Catholic Church for those who were about to die. (Corby performed a similar service at Gettysburg in 1863.) The mostly Irish immigrants lost 540 men to heavy volleys before they were ordered to withdraw"

    "The carnage from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the sunken road gave it the name Bloody Lane, leaving about 5,600 casualties (Union 3,000, Confederate 2,600) along the 800 yard (700 m) road."

    Casualties in other hot spots:
    Miller's Cornfield- 8,550 (4,350 Union, 4,200 Confederate) (Hood's Texan's suffered 60% casualties in their defense and assault in these fields)
    West Woods- 3,050 (2,200 Union, 1,850 Confederate)
    Rohrbach's Bridge- 620 (500 Union, 120 Confederate)
    Final Assault- 2,850 (1,850 Union, 1,000 Confederate)

    Union:12,401 (2,108 killed, 9,540 wounded, 753 captured/missing) Confederacy: 10,316 (1,546 killed, 7,752 wounded, 1,018 captured/missing)

    "This represented 25% of the Federal force and 31% of the Confederate. More Americans died on September 17, 1862, than on any other day in the nation's military history, including World War II's D-Day and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001."

    "THE MUFFLED drum's sad roll has beat
    The soldier's last tattoo;
    No more on Life's parade shall meet
    That brave and fallen few.
    On Fame's eternal camping-ground 5
    Their silent tents are spread,
    And Glory guards, with solemn round,
    The bivouac of the dead."

    Here Rests In Honored Glory
    An American Soldier
    Known But To God
    "We Will Stay Here, If We Must All Go to Hell Together"
    -Col. John R. Cooke, 27th NC

    Avatar: My Grandfather on the right. His twin on the left. Their older brother in the middle. In their Navy Blues

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