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Our founding fathers’ dream for a canal linking the Chesapeake Bay ports to the western territories of Ohio and beyond was the equivalent of our generation’s dream to land on the moon. Like the space program, the vision for the C&O Canal was to facilitate travel, communication, and commerce between people and places. But unlike the space program, it fell far short of those goals.
Warren Perry, a writer at the National Portrait Gallery, recounts the story of the bloody encounter in which nearly 50,000 men fought for control of the "breadbasket of the Confederacy." He also discusses several objects in Smithsonian collections with connections to the battle.