|Just a bunch of shots of an
extremely historic area.
South Mountain, the ridgeline in the background of the topmost shot, was a battleground during the Civil War. A few days before Antietam, McLellan and Lee's armies clashed here, with Confederate troops occupying the ridgeline and Union troops charging up from the southeast. A few days before, Lee's armies had forded the Potomac in the vicinity of these pictures. The battle raged over several gaps in the ridge with Union troops losing a major opportunity to deal a body blow to the South. Over 5000 casualties were suffered, a prelude to the bloodiest single-day battle in U.S. history several days later at Antietam, just a few miles over the ridge, where 23,000 casualties were suffered by the two sides. McLellan, after forcing the Confederates to retreat from the ridge that day, missed an opportunity to inflict further defeat to a Confederate unit at Harpers Ferry, which is just past the gaps you see in that first picture, a major strategic blunder that arguably prolonged the war by many months.
Unless otherwise indicated all pictures were taken with a Nikon D90.