One of the darkest yet most historic days in American history occurred on Sept. 17, 1862 -- the battle at Antietam between Union and Confederate soldiers.
Today my family and I visited the Antietam National Battlefield site for the first time. It's amazing.
Of course, it is at Antietam Creek where the most poignant effect of the battle was seen -- history notes at least one soldier reporting that the creek "ran red" because of the blood from fallen and wounded soldiers.
My wife had always been hesitant to see Antietam; her fondness for the history of that period gave her enough stories that caused chills every time the thought came up. But our boys convinced her last week to take them.
The four of us were amazed.