The Mumma farmhouse, on the Antietam National Battlefield, was destroyed by Confederate soldiers so the Union could not use it as their headquarters. Each year, on the first Saturday in December, more than 1,000 volunteers place and light 23,110 luminaries over a large portion of the battlefield, one for each casualty of the battle at Antietam (near Sharpsburg, Maryland) on September 17, 1862. This was the single bloodiest day of the Civil War.
June 10th, 2011
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