On September 17, 1862 Union and Confederate forces came together in the bloodiest single day battle in the Civil War. Although the result of the battle was not conclusive, the British and French governments were discouraged from recognizing the Confederation, and President Lincoln was given the confidence to announce the Emancipation Proclamation, effectively ending slavery in the United States.

Each year, on that battleground, a luminary is placed for each casualty of the war. 23,000 lights are placed in rows on the fields, and it is not possible to view the scene without coming away emotionally attached.

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