Today is the final day in my Civil War remembrance exercise. For 7 days I have posted one photo of a haunting beautiful Civil War symbol that does not represent a morally divisive legacy, but instead one of healing – a symbol where Americans of all breeds fought and died to decide the future of a country and are now remembered for their sacrifice. May they rest in peace.
Day 7: Arlington, VA; Arlington National Cemetery. Home to Confederate General Robert E. Lee, occupied by the Union in 1861, and cemetery created in 1864. It is host to the souls of 16,000 Civil War dead - Union and Confederate. It is now the final resting place of over 400,000 Americans from every war since, a fitting tribute to the legacy of the Civil War and the reconciliation we as a nation still seek to this day.
Gettysburg, PA; Battle of Gettysburg - 76,286 souls, largest battle in the Western Hemisphere.
Chancellorsville, VA; Battles of Chancellorsville, the Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House - 90,285 souls.
Sharpsburg; MD, Battle of Antietam - 22,717 souls, single bloodiest day in American history.
Manassas, VA; First and Second Battles of Bull Run - 23,178 souls.
Monocacy Junction, MD; Battle of Monocacy - 2,194 souls.
Harpers Ferry, WV; Battle of Harpers Ferry - 789 souls.