As the curtain of fog slowly rose over Antietam Creek...
and Ike put the final touches on the Visitor Center windows...
early birds begain to mill about outside of the not yet open Visitor Center.
A full day of programming was in store for all on this, the first day of the 146th anniversary weekend of the Battle of Antietam.
Visitors participated in a full slate of Ranger-led tours, hikes and programs including a Middle Bridge hike by Ranger Brian,
and an "Opening Guns" hike...
led by Ranger Keith. A fantastic day was in store for the hundreds of visitors who came to share this special day at the battlefield.
As well as a group of Confederate reenactors providing firing demonstrations in back of the Visitors Center.
Even our own Ranger Clayton got in on the act as the Number 5 man on the 12 pound light-gun howitzer gun detachment.
You bump into the nicest people on the banks of the Antietam.