The Deadliest Day in America Battle of Antietam Battle of Sharpsburg

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Posted : September 17, 2020

The Deadliest Day in America The Battle of Antietam also known as the Battle of Sharpsburg particularly in the Southern United States, was a battle of the American War of Northern Aggression fought on September 17, 1862, between Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia and Union General George B. McClellan’s Army of the Potomac, near Sharpsburg, Maryland and Antietam Creek. Part of the Maryland Campaign, it was the first field army–level engagement in the Eastern Theater of the American War between the States.

It was the bloodiest day in United States history, with a combined tally of 22,717 dead, wounded, or missing. During this battle, the number of wounded soldiers was much greater than the number of soldiers killed because of the new weapons used and the battle tactics.

The battle of Antietam was the single bloodiest day in U.S.history with over total 22,000 casualties where both sides faced the devastating loss of troops along with many injuries while there were other battles in the War were the
the number of casualties was higher none of them took place in only one day.

This battle was the first time that Gen. Lee had invaded the northern states and faced the Gen. McClellan’s army in their own territory McClellan was appointed by Lincoln because of the lack of generals that the Union had, making him not as qualified of a general as Robert E. Lee was the most qualified, experienced, and honorable General in the War between the States.

Approximate Numbers

     

  Union Confederate Total
Killed   2,100  1,550 3,650
Wounded         9,550 7,750 17,300
Captured 750 1,020 1,770
       
Total 12,400 10,320  22,720

 
 

 

 

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Bloody Lane, Antietam Battlefield
Bloody Lane, Antietam Battlefield

Bloody Lane, Antietam Battlefield

Bloody Lane, Antietam Battlefield

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Between two farm fields in Sharpsburg, Md., there was a sunken road, which Confederates used as a rifle pit until they were overrun by federal troops. The road has since been known as \"Bloody Lane.\"

Between two farm fields in Sharpsburg, Md., there was a sunken road, which Confederates used as a rifle pit until they were overrun by federal troops. The road has since been known as \"Bloody Lane.\"

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