Sunday, June 11, 2006

Scanning

& reading Stephen L. Sears's Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam. This is a history of the South Mountain Campaign & the Battle of Antietam. I've been focusing most on the places where Sears describes formations marching in columns, the ambience of the fields in every stage of operations, features and face of combat, reactions of the soldiers to combat, and individual and collective states of mind.
I've also been reading about reputed hauntings there, and the Sunken Road is a real crowd of military ghosts. I had two places to set my poem, one is the Sunken Road, the other possibility is in the vicinity of the Rohrerbach or Burnside Bridge. Several soldiers were buried anonymously in the latter area, and their bodies remain there, unmarked, to this day.

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