The farm of Henry and Betsy Piper was on the east side of the Hagerstown Pike north of Sharpsburg. (Richardson Avenue tour map) At the time of the battle the farmhouse was a simple log cabin. As Lee’s army took positions along the west side of Antietam Creek before the battle Confederate Generals Longstreet and D.H. Hill chose the Piper farm for their headquarters. The Pipers left to stay with family during the battle. when they returned they found little damage to their buildings but their gardens and fields were destroyed, most of their stored food was gone, and hundreds of bodies were scattered across their fields.