By Garrett Radke
February 21, 2013
I am an official National Park Service Photographer. A big part of my job is to capture moments of people appreciating our national parks. I am the photographer and the NPS owns the copyright to this picture. It has been made public domain and thus I have the right to give you permission to use it. This image captures a girl running her fingers along the words of a memorial during the sesquicentennial of the Battle of Antietam.
On September 17,1862, more than 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded, or missing in the battle at Antietam, a pivotal battle in the Civil War. Visitors can take a self-guided 8.5 mile tour of the battlefield by car, bicycle or on foot. The park includes the Antietam National Cemetery, which honors 5,000 Union soldiers who died in the battle.