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.
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.
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.