Over the next couple of weeks, we will be highlighting documents from our collection that deal with the Battle of Antietam, Maryland, the bloodiest one day battle in American History, and the death of Brigadier General Lawrence O’Bryan Branch. The first letter was written the day before the battle.
The date is September 16, 1862 the day before the Battle of Antietam, General Branch writes a letter to his wife. Little did he know he would be dead in less than 24 hours. Nancy Haywood Blount Branch made a copy of the last letter she received from her husband “A copy of a [part] of a letter written to myself. My husband on the 16th September Wednesday (Thursday) only 24 hours before he participated in the battle of Sharpsburg.”