“After the Battle,” an Antietam Image by Capt. James Hope

The other day, I came across this very cool image of the battle of Antietam drawn by Capt. James Hope, who made a sketch of the carnage while he was there. I’ve never seen a picture quite like this, especially one with the hills in the background. At a quick glance, it looks like a photograph. And it’s the only image of the battle I’ve seen that depicts the “Bloody Lane” as it would have looked so soon afterward.


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Amerikan Rambler is a Virginia-based blog and podcast hosted by Colin Woodward. Colin is a historian, author, and amateur musician, who works in the archives full-time. Author of Marching Masters: Slavery, Race, and the Confederate Army during the Civil War, he is now writing a book on the historical, family, and musical roots of Johnny Cash.
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5 Responses to “After the Battle,” an Antietam Image by Capt. James Hope

  1. Wow! I knew it was a bloody day, but this picture really drives it home!

    • southernhistorian says:

      I know, it really does in a way just reading about it fails to depict what it was like. Bloodiest day in American history.

      • Lisa says:

        Hi. I was researching this photo because I have the same one. Can you give me the history or origin of this photo.I would like to sell it however I have no idea of price. Would you have some insight on the
        value. Thankyou.lisa

      • southernhistorian says:

        I’m afraid I have no idea how much the photograph is worth. It does seem to be rare, as you say. I couldn’t find it listed on ebay or amazon.

  2. valerie says:

    Hi Lisa, if you are still interested in selling, I would love to chat 🙂

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