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Bloodiest Day in American History: The Battle of Antietam

*THE BATTLE of ANTIETAM, 1862~ The battle also became ingrained in the minds of Americans because an enterprising photographer, Alexander Gardner, visited the battlefield within days of the fighting. His images of dead soldiers still on the field were like nothing anyone had seen before. The photo's shocked visitors when they were displayed at the New York City gallery of Gardner's employer,Mathew Brady.Antietam, aka: Dead at Bloody Lane.

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Battle of Antietam

Dead Confederate artillerymen photographed by Alexander Gardner in front of Dunker Church at the Battle of Antietam in Sept, 1862. #civilwar #antietam


A disputed battle, Antietam was the near-tie fight resulting from McClellan attacking Lee. The Union was able to force the Confederates to retreat, but then southern reinforcements came in from Harper's Ferry, and they pushed the North back. The battle really ended without a clear winner, but the North had an upper hand, having forced the South to retreat.

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Female Soldiers at the Battle of Antietam

Sarah Emma Edmonds was one of eight women who fought as secret soldiers in the Battle of Antietam in September of 1862. #civilwar #antietam

September 17, 1862: Battle of Antietam, a conflict between Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War that reuslted in the bloodiest single day in American military history


Antietam Battlefield Bloodiest battle in the Civil War


The Battle of Antietam, also known as the Battle of Sharpsburg, fought on September 17, 1862, near Sharpsburg, Maryland, and Antietam Creek as part of the Maryland Campaign, was the first major battle in the American Civil War to take place on Union soil. It is the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, with a combined tally of dead, wounded, and missing at 22,717.


Map of the Battle of Antietam of the American Civil War, by Hal Jespersen

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Battle of Antietam

Dunker Church after the battle of Antietam. Photographed by Alexander Gardner circa Sept 1862. #antietam