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Where Were They Buried?

(Sharpsburg, Md.) — Without a doubt, the battlefield at Antietam near Sharpsburg, Maryland, is hallowed ground. It was site of the September 17, 1862, clash that still represents the bloodiest day in American history. Antietam National Battlefield protects landscapes associated with the Union victory that gave Abraham Lincoln the opportunity to issue his Emancipation Proclamation. Now, a period map, uncovered by happenstance by researchers primarily concerned with a different engagement, is shedding new light on the human toll of war by showing the locations where more than 5,800 Americans were buried on that field, often just feet from where they

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