From NPS website...
Date: October 17, 2007
Later this month members of the Antietam National Battlefield Cultural Resources Division will begin dismantling portions of the national cemetery rostrum.
The park plans to restore the rostrum to its original appearance with painted wood pergola and grass floor. The work will be guided by original plans and early photographs of the rostrum. The rostrum was constructed in 1879 as a speaker's platform to be used during annual Memorial Day programs and other ceremonies such as monument dedications. Rostrums can be found in national cemeteries across the country but few have been left unchanged from their original design.
Antietam National Cemetery was established in 1865 by the state of Maryland for burial of the men who died in the Maryland Campaign of 1862. The remains of 4,776 Federal soldiers are buried here along with more than two hundred non - Civil War soldiers from later wars. This project to restore the rostrum is another step in the restoration of Antietam National Battlefield and is funded through entrance fees paid by visitors to Antietam.
POSTED BY: Tom Shay
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