The Battle of Antietem was the bloodiest single day in American history and the first army-level engagement of the Civil War. The historic battle left 22,717 dead on both sides and thousands of soldiers either wounded or missing.

Antietem National Battlefield in Maryland stands as a monument to the heroic sacrifices of these men in the service of liberty, however they might have conceived of it. Two projects that are currently under way seek to restore parts of the battlefield to their rightful place of honor in history.

President Donald Trump believes Civil War monuments -- Union and Confederate -- are here to pay homage to American history -- regardless of politically correct cries for the removal of all Confederate symbols.

Trump then heard the bugle's call of Antietem National Battlefield and his answer was a personal donation of his first quarter president's salary totaling $73,333. Other agencies have followed his example and the current amount of donations stands at $263,545.

"Visiting the hallowed ground the day after Independence Day is incredibly moving and it underscores the importance of why we must preserve these historic grounds," said Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke in a statement. "The President’s donation will allow generations of Americans to learn about our history and heritage on this sacred site.”

The president's donation will be used to restore the historic Newcomer House on the Antietem Battlefield and also to underwrite the replacement of 5,000 linear feet of detoriated fencing along the Hagerstown Turnpike, where some of the bloodiest fighting occurred.

The Battle of Antietem, known also as the Battle of Sharpsburg, took place on Sept. 17,1862 near Sharpsburg, Maryland and Antietem Creek as part of the Maryland Campaign. The battle allowed Union forces to halt the advance of Confederate troops under the command of General Robert E. Lee, although at an enormous cost in lives. The battle is remembered in history as a strategic victory for the North.

The emotional impact of the battle resounds today and in the solemn final poetic verse of "Visit to Antietem" by Charles L. Cingolani:

"That finally we become one
in our thinking, our dealings,
in the living of our lives --
that the struggle find end
in the change required
of heart and mind
to make us worthy
of this country, our land"

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Source: Conservative Tribune

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