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War Correspondents Memorial Arch

June 5, 2012

On the road to Antietam, tucked into the hills of Maryland just outside of sleepy Burkittsville (made famous by The Blair Witch Project), is the War Correspondents Memorial Arch, commemorating 157 reporters and artists who covered the Civil War. On one side is inscribed the War Correspondent Ballad:

O wondrous youth
Through this grand ruth
Runs my boy’s life, its thread
The General’s fame, the battle’s name
The rolls of maimed and dead
I bear with my thrilled soul astir
And lonely thoughts and fears
And am but history’s courier
To bind the conquering years
A battle’s ray, through ages gray
To light to deeds sublime
And flash the lustre of my day
Down all the aisles of time

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