Baltimore Sun photographer Karl Merton Ferron retraces the steps of famed Civil War photographer Alexander Gardner and shows a modern perspective on the carnage Gardner documented in 1862 when 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after 12 hours of fighting in the Battle of Antietam.
This month, more than 8,000 Civil War re-enactors are marking the 150th anniversary of the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg. In 1863, Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia was routed during the doomed frontal assault, considered the turning point in the Civil War and a watershed moment in U.S. history. Union and Confederate armies suffered a combined total of up to 51,000 casualties over three days, the highest number of any battle in the four-year war.
See photos from reenactments of the Battle of Gettysburg through the years.
For many, Memorial Day marks a day of remembrance, honoring military men and women who died while serving their country. It has been celebrated since the end of the Civil War. Here are scenes from around the country of Americans remembering the fallen.