In fighting along a farm lane known as The Sunken Road, 3,000 Union and 2,500 Confederate soldiers perished. The lane cut through the Mumma, Roulette, and Piper farms. The following map shows the approach of Union forces (in blue) toward the Confederate battle line (in red). The purple lines identify hiking trails.
Markers Along The Sunken Road
Looking East Toward the Tower
The gravel path shown in the next photo is a pedestrian pathway. Bicyclists should keep to paved park avenues.
The 132nd Pennsylvania Monument
Confederate artillery hit the Roulette family bee yard as the 132nd Pennsylvania attacked the Confederate line. The regiment’s monument is pictured below. They suffered stings from one direction and shells and bullets from the other.
In the next photo, Richardson Avenue is on the left and sunken farm lane is between two long rows of wormwood fencing. The tallest monument in this photo is the 132nd PA Monument. Antietam National Visitor Center (2019) is visible on the ridge in the distance (on the right).
The Observation Tower on the East End of The Sunken Road
The Observation Tower is on the east end of modern-day Richardson Avenue. Built in 1897, the tower is accessible to park visitors through a spiral staircase on the interior. This area is also called “The Bloody Lane.”
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