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View of the Sunken Road (between fences) whereConfederate troops under D.H. Hill waited for the attack of the middle of their line during the battle. The Union assault initially came over the fields to the left in a very orderly procession. The Confederates mowed them down with fire from their well hidden positions in the Sunken Road. Later however the Union gained access to the right side of the road and caught the Confederate defenders in a crossfire, resulting in a tremendous number of casualties. Thus the Sunken Road later became known as Bloody Lane.
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Close up view of the Sunken Road where the Confederates fought during the middle phase of the battle. Ultimately dead bodies filled this area that it was said one could walk on them from one end of the road to the other without ever touching the ground.
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Close up view of the Sunken Road where the Confederates fought.
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Looking out at the advancing Union troops while standing in the Sunken Road.
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View from Sunken Road looking up towards to top of the mound that provided cover for the Confederates.
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View from Sunken Road looking back towards the Confederates reserves. Longstreet and Lee where positioned on the hill beyond the road watching this part of the battle.
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Upside down cannons, seen throughout the Antietam battlefield mark the location where a general was killed.
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Aerial view from observation tower at Blood Lane, looking down upon the Sunken Road as it appears today. The Union charged the Confederates from the right, across the field. For some unknown reason, eventually the Confederates defending the Sunken Road in the area at the bottom of the picture, pulled back allowing the Union troops access to the road. The Confederates were then caught in a deadly crossfire between French's Union troops advancing from the right across the field and Richardson's troops firing at them as they advanced up the Sunken Road.
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Another view of the Sunken Road looking out towards the Confederate positions to the left. The fighting here occurred during the middle of the day and this was considered to be the middle of the Confederate line.
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The Union troops under the leadership of General French, attacked the Confederates in the Sunken Road as they advanced over this field.
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Another view of the Sunken Road where the Union gained access. The upside down cannon marks the spot where Union General Richardson was killed.
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View of the Union's position as they attacked the Confederate right at the Sunken Road.

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