Today marks the 150th anniversary of the bloodiest one-day battle in American history: the Battle of Antietam.
As a part of the Maryland Campaign, General Robert E. Lee led his troops into Union soil and was confronted by General George McClellan near Antietam Creek on September 16th. By the morning of the 17th, Union troops launched an attack on the Confederate soldiers, and the Battle of Antietam began.
By the end of the battle, an estimated 23,000 of the 131,000 soldiers were casualties. While the battle resulted in a draw, Antietam was considered a key turning point for the Union in the Civil War. Following the withdrawal of Lee’s troops, Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22nd.
For more information on the Battle of Antietam and the Maryland Campaign, check out some of these titles:
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