Antietam National Battlefield

The Sunken Road

Bloody Lane, looking towards the observation tower (27K)

Image 1: Bloody Lane, looking towards the observation tower. The sunken road that became known as "Bloody Lane" was a natural defensive trench. This view looks east southeast along the part of the road attacked by elements of Sumner's Corps. The Union attacked from the left side of the picture. The observation tower, seen in the centre of the picture, was erected near the point where the Union penetrated the road.

132nd PA Infantry monument (21K)

Image 2: 132nd PA monument. A close up of the 132nd Pennsylvania Infantry monument, with my friend Michael Skeet standing in front for scale. The depth of the road is easier to see in this picture.

Bloody Lane, looking away from the observation tower (32K)

Image 3: Bloody Lane, looking away from the observation tower. This is Bloody Lane, seen from the position of the first picture, but looking west northwest. The monument in the middle of the picture is to the 8th Ohio Infantry.

Interpretive plaque, east of the bend in the road (28K)

Image 4: Bloody Lane, looking across the sunken road. My friend and writer, Michael Skeet, looks across the sunken road. Michael is looking towards the north, with the observation tower out of the picture off to his right. This shot shows the depth of the road, and the terrain the Union troops moved across.

The sunken road, looking north from the tower (25K)

Image 5: Bloody Lane, from the observation tower. The view in this photograph is from the observation tower, looking down across the sunken road.

These photographs were taken with a Nikon F-601 autofocus SLR, using a Nikkor 24mm - 50mm f2.8 wide angle zoom lens. The image was captured on Kodak Royal Gold 100 film.