- Associated Press - Saturday, December 3, 2016

SHARPSBURG, Md. (AP) - Volunteers have lit more 23,000 candles across the rolling landscape of the Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg.

The annual illumination took place Saturday to honor those killed, wounded or declared missing in the bloodiest one-day battle of the Civil War.

Thousands of vehicles line up once a year to take the five-mile tour and reflect on the battle.

The clash near Sharpsburg on Sept. 17, 1862, lasted from dawn to dusk with no clear winner. President Abraham Lincoln regarded the next day’s Confederate retreat as divine approval for abolishing slavery. He issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation five days later.

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