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Drums Along the Antietam. John W. Schildt. Softcover, (1972), repr. 2004, New, Illus., Index, 336 pp.
The banks of the Antietam Creek and adjacent fields have heard the beat of Catawba and Delaware Indian drums as they hunted, fished, and fought in the Valley of the Antietam.
Then the Valley heard the beat of drums belonging to the British Grenadiers as the command of General Edward Braddock marched westward to disaster.
Slowly settlers such as Chapline, Orndorff, Smith, Piper and Mumma came to the Valley of the Antietam, cleared the forest, and built homes, barns, churches, and mills.
In the latter part of the eighteenth century the Great Awakening swept the American Colonies. Along the banks of the Little Antietam at the Geeting Meeting House, the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, the first American-born denomination, came into being.
Years later the Antietam heard the drum beat of the Blue and Gray as they pitched their 'hundred circling camps.' Before September 17, 1862 ended, these brave men faced 'rows of steel,' 'fateful lightning,' and 'a terrible swift sword,' at the Dunker Church, at Bloody Lane, and at Burnside Bridge.
Eighteen thousand were wounded at Antietam. They were treated by Clara Barton, Dr. James Oliver, Dr. Dunn, and Dr. Ted Dimon and others, by 'Dim and Flaring Lamps.'
The tragedy and suffering of Antietam is found in the story of the homes, barns, and churches of the Valley as they speak to us 'In the Evening Dews and Damps.'
The Antietam has heard drums beating in honor of presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, and Franklin D. Roosevelt as they came to visit and speak. Over these fields have walked Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy. Few areas of the United States have seen as much history as the Valley of the Antietam.