Antietam campaign by john cannan call number: 9737336 c224 isbn: 0938289365 publication date: 1994-06-21 john cannan places the civil war's single bloodiest day of battle in the broader context of grand strategy and command personality antietam: the photographic essay of america's bloodiest day by.  it was the bloodiest single day in american history, with more than 6,000 union and confederate soldiers killed or mortally wounded shaw had been in the thick of the fighting and his brigade had suffered 646 men killed, wounded, and missing like shaw, many other soldiers who had lost friends in this battle wondered. The sun set on the deadliest single day in the civil war—indeed, in all of american history some 6,000 men lay dead or dying, and another 16,000 were wounded the fighting was not renewed next day, and that night lee retreated to virginia mcclellan failed to follow up, but nevertheless claimed a victory britain and. The climactic clash came on september 17 at the battle of antietam, where more than 23,000 men fell in the single bloodiest day of the war approaching topics this collection of essays edited by professor gary gallagher offers entertaining passages, interesting details, and thought-provoking ideas journal of southern. In addition to preserving the battleground of one of the civil war's bloodiest engagements, the national park service provides the public with the opportunity to learn the next day, a break in the hostilities allowed the armies to collect the wounded and the dead, and on the evening of september 18, the confederate army.
Battle that followed became the single bloodiest day in american history there were approximately 25,000 american casualties and battlefields were left in desolation, strewn with corpses needing burial the battle of antietam, or sharpsburg, is a well-documented and important battle of the civil war endless research. Late in the day, lee began withdrawing his army to virginia the battle of antietam remains the bloodiest day in american history here is james mcpherson's cogent summary: “the 6,300 to 6,500 union and confederate soldiers killed and mortally wounded near the maryland village of sharpsburg on. Part 3: the bloodiest day previous section: part thomas munford's cavalry protected longstreet's right flank by guarding the lower antietam where it entered the potomac lee's army of mcclellan ordered the first corps across the northern portion of the antietam late on the 16th in preparation for the next day's battle. It was the bloodiest single-day battle in american history, with almost 23,000 casualties late in the day, major general ambrose burnside's corps finally got into action, crossing the stone bridge over antietam creek and rolling up the confederate right at a crucial antietam: essays on the 1862 maryland campaign.
On the 18th, both sides remained in place, too bloodied to advance late that evening and on the 19th, lee withdrew from the battlefield and slipped back across the potomac into virginia the bloodiest single day in american military history ended in a draw, but the confederate retreat gave president abraham lincoln the. We often get caught up in mind-numbing civil war casualty figures six hundred and twenty-five thousand deaths overall (or were there really many, many more ) more than 23,000 casualties at antietam, the bloodiest single day of the war more than 50,000 casualties during three days at gettysburg,.
Near sharpsburg, maryland and antietam creek as part of the maryland campaign it was the first field army–level engagement in the eastern theater of the american civil war to take place on union soil and is the bloodiest single-day battle in american history, with a combined tally of 22,717 dead, wounded, or missing. It was written in a composition booklet similar to the blue exam booklets used today for college essays, measuring approximately 8-1/2 by 6-3/4 inches going down of the sun all became quiet so ended antietam cloudy in the morning, cleared at 11 horace greely says, this was the bloodiest day america ever saw. The battle of antietam, fought on september 17, 1862, was the bloodiest single day in american history, with more than 6,000 soldiers killed--four times the number lost on d-day, and twice the number killed in the september 11th terrorist attacks in crossroads of freedom, america's most eminent civil war historian, james.
The battle of antietam is interesting for several reasons the most important of which for me is that it is the single bloodiest day in american military history there have been bloodier battles in american wars but no single day matches the blood spilled on those maryland fields that early day in 1862. Just after dawn on september 17, 1862, the union army of the potomac and the confederate army of northern virginia collided in the farm fields and wood lots near sharpsburg, maryland by evening, over 25,000 men lay dead or wounded it remains the bloodiest single day in american military history the battle marked. Battle of antietam summary: the battle of antietam, aka battle of sharpsburg, resulted in not only the bloodiest day of the american civil war, but the bloodiest single day in all of american history fought primarily on september 17, 1862, between the town of sharpsburg, maryland, and antietam creek, it ended gen.