*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.
The small town of Sharpsburg, Maryland lies in the narrow strip of the state between Virginia and Pennsylvania. Just east of the town winds a small stream known as Antietam Creek bordered by farms. This patch of farmland would forever change when the Confederate and Union Armies clashed one September day in 1862. The Battle of Antietam became known as the bloodiest day of the Civil War with over twenty three thousand men dead or wounded in a single day and many those souls, still linger.
The Battle of Antietam was a milestone in the US Civil War. It pit Confederates under R.E. Lee against Union G. McClellan. It was marked by the fiercest fighting of the war and the single largest number of casualties in US history. Over 23,000 men died on both sides in a single day. The Union should have won but ineptitude of command by McLellan allowed the Confederates to escape but they never again attacked Union soil. It gave A. Lincoln the ability to announce the Emancipation…
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.