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Battle of Antietam

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Antietam: America's bloodiest day in military history
More words have probably been written about the Battle of Antietam (or Sharpsburg as it is known in the South) than any conflict other than Gettysburg. Taking place near a small creek called Antietam in Maryland, the final casualty total was 23,000, both North and South, in a single day`s fighting. All this took place on September 17, 1862, as part of the Maryland Campaign. It was the first major battle to be fought on Northern soil. For all those men and all the deaths, the sad fact remains that it was tactically a draw, with no winners and many, many losers lying that day in The Sunken Road.

Unfurl Those Colors - McClelan, Sumner & the Second Army Corps in the Antietam Campaign
For Major General Edwin Vose Sumner, his actions at the Battle of Antietam in the Civil War have long been regarded poor to the point of causing many of the Union losses at this bloody conflict - a battle where more American lives were lost and wounded than in any other single day of fighting in the American history. In "Unfurl Those Colors!" retired Army officer and historian Marion V. Armstrong, Jr. tackles the complicated nature of Sumner's command and the oversight of his own commander, Major General George B. McClellan over the Army of the Potomac. Armstrong delivers a more balanced portrait of Sumner and McClellan both.

Group: Historic Battlefields Threatened
The site of the single bloodiest day in American history is under siege: threatened by a 120-foot cell phone tower. The vast field in Maryland is where the Battle of Antietam - which ended General Robert E. Lee's first attempt to invade the north - was fought on Sept. 17, 1862. It's one of the 10 most endangered Civil War battlefields, according to a report by the Civil War Preservation Trust. "In almost all cases, it is suburban sprawl that threatens these battlefields. We're not against development, but we're for thoughtful, sensitive growth..." said Jim Lighthizer, president of the trust.

145th anniversary of Antietam Battlefield
Antietam National Battlefield has scheduled a special event weekend Sept. 14-17 to commemorate the 145th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam. On Sept. 17, 1862, Union and Confederate armies clashed for 12 hours near Sharpsburg. By sunset, more than 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded, or missing, making the Battle of Antietam the bloodiest day in American history. In addition to regular ranger programs such as orientation talks, artillery programs, aftermath talks and ranger-led tours, there will be many special programs.

More remnants of battle uncovered at Antietam
In a sun-dappled field researchers armed with metal detectors listened for evidence from America's bloodiest day. Stephen R. Potter said that the group was studying an area of Piper Orchard where the 7th Maine fled from a smaller Confederate force. "I don't think they would've been able to drive the Maine guys back if they wouldn't have had the artillery that they had, because what we're finding out here is pretty nasty stuff." The locations of shrapnel and bullets helps the team determine troop movements, such as the retreat line of the fleeing 7th Maine, which was ordered to attack a Confederate unit.

Shining Some Light on Antietam's History
Just after dusk at Antietam National Battlefield, the fields will appear to reflect the sky above as 23,110 candles twinkle. Once a year, an army of 1,400 volunteers descends upon the town of Sharpsburg, to help with the illumination, which commemorates the soldiers killed during the single bloodiest day in American history. Despite the huge numbers of dead and wounded, the Battle of Antietam was a tactical draw, and the Civil War continued for 2 1/2 more years. Historians consider Antietam a pivotal conflict as it ended the South's first invasion into the North.

Photographer's Antietam images to be exhibited at State House
A collection of black-and-white images of Antietam National Battlefield by photographer Halli Casser-Jayne will be exhibited on the Freedom Wall of the Maryland State House. The photographs, from Casser-Jayne's book "Still Life: Images of Antietam," depict the battle that took place Sept. 17, 1862.

Flag from the bloodiest single day of warfare in US history
A deteriorating treasure from the bloodiest single day of warfare in American history is the focus of a fundraising effort by the Athol Historical Society. They plan to preserve a 32-star flag from the Battle of Antietam. The flag was carried in battle by the 9th Regiment of New Hampshire Volunteers. The flag was tattered and torn during the fierce battle on Sept. 17, 1862, when 26,000 men were killed, wounded or missing in one day. Some of the damage to the flag was repaired on the battlefield after the fighting.

Union victory at Antietam prevent England-Confederacy allience   (Article no longer available from the original source)
It can be argued that without the Battle of Antietam, the Battle of Gettysburg might never have happened. 17 months into the war, the Confederate states appeared to be on their way to militarily confirming their secession, scoring victories at Richmond and the second Bull Run. England had been in negotiations with the Confederacy to enter the war on its side, a move that would likely have caused the demoralized North to sue for peace. But England decided to be sure of victory and wait until the Rebel army made it 3 wins in a row. When the Union army beat Gen. Robert E. Lee's troops at Antietam, it kept England from siding with the South.

How the battle of Antietam changed the Civil War   (Article no longer available from the original source)
In a five-night series the History Channel focuses on 10 events that "unexpectedly" changed America. The opening film takes up the battle of Antietam, the bloodiest day in American combat history. Antietam, which took place Sept. 17, 1862, in western Maryland. The stakes were enormous, says historian Gary Gallagher. The rebels were "on a winning streak" while Abe Lincoln "couldn't afford another defeat." The commander of the Confederate army, General Robert E. Lee, believed a victory would turn the northern public against the war and bring the British in on the Confederate side.