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6235Re: [TalkAntietam] Monument at Locust Spring Hospital

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  • Thomas Clemens
    Apr 19, 2010
      Fascinating, have not heard of this before. John Schildt may know something, or Bill Rees the current owner. I was out there not long ago and went over the place with Bill, he is trying to sell it, and he made no mention, but perhaps he knows something. There was a stone in one of his barns with some weird carvings on it, but it did not look like the monument you describe.

      Dr. Thomas G. Clemens
      Professor of History
      Hagerstown Community College

      >>> "s_recker" <recker@...> 4/18/2010 1:21 PM >>>

      Today I found two unrelated references to a small monument at Locust Spring Hospital, otherwise known as Geeting or Crystal Spring Hospital. This would have been right after the battle. Anyone know of a picture of this monument?

      "A neat monument has been erected. On the tapering point at the top is fixed a large cannon ball. At the side is a large rifled cannon, whihc was used in the battle, and rendered useless by having a piece broken off. On the side of the monument is inscribed:"Sacred to the memory of the Union Soldiers who lost their lives in defence of their country at the Battle of Antietam, September 17, 1862."

      "In a few days after the doctor left the boy died and was buried in an extemporized burying ground ornamented with cast off cannon from the battlefield of Antietam."

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