Fellow history blogger Scott Manning was kind enough to send me an email informing me of Brian Schoeneman's goal to place a Confederate monument at Antietam. As Scott pointed out, Brian is a candidate for the House of Delegates here in Virginia. Scott recently "took Brian to school" following in "the steps of Robert E. Lee’s Maryland Campaign (1862) and the crucial battles at South Mountain, Harpers Ferry, and Antietam."
You can read Scott's very interesting post about his and Brian's adventure here.
Here's an excerpt about Brian's desire to see another Confederate monument at Antietam:
I asked Brian if he was surprised at the lack of Confederate monuments. “Actually, I am. It kinda annoys me. There are about a zillion Union monuments here. Granted, the North took more casualties at Antietam, but they had more guys to lose.” He recalled one of the informational markers he read, “The Army of Northern Virginia lost about a quarter of their strength and the Army of the Potomac lost about an eighth. It was much harder for the South to replace those casualties than it was for the North.” Brian clarified that, if elected, he planned to introduce legislation next year to place a Virginia state monument on the battlefield in commemoration of the sesquicentennial. I pointed out that such a move could backfire if not done properly and he interrupted me, “There’s nothing political about recognizing that folks in the army of the state that I’m from fought here and died here. They deserve to be remembered regardless of what side they fought on and it bothers me there is nothing here, because I know there are plenty at Gettysburg.”
Since this is a Federal, and not a State park, I'm not sure how introducing legislation in the Virginia state legislature would make this happen, other than offering an affirming resolution and offering funding. Regardless, I support Brian's efforts. According to the National Park Service, there are 96 monuments at Antietam, 6 of which are Confederate. That does seem just a bit out of balance, doesn't it?