For those that dont know…im a huge Civil War fanatic…and this pic is amazing. by @americancivilwardaybyday “Above: Antietam National Battlefield today. Credit: Dept. of the Interior.
152 years ago today, the Battle of Antietam was fought between 45,000 troops of Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia and 87,000 troops of George McClellan’s Army of the Potomac. September 17, 1862 is still marked as the bloodiest day in American history, of the 131,000 troops engaged, 23,100 men were killed, wounded, or missing.
At dawn September 17, General Hooker’s Union corps mounted a fierce assault on Lee’s left flank. Both sides attacked and counterattacked across Miller’s cornfield and around the Dunker Church. Union attacks at the Sunken Road eventually pierced the Confederate center, but McClellan did act on this success.
In the afternoon, Burnside’s Union corps finally got into action, crossing the stone bridge over Antietam Creek and rolling up the Confederate right. At a critical juncture in the battle, A.P. Hill’s Confederate division arrived from a forced march from Harpers Ferry and counterattacked, violently throwing Burnside’s troops and saving the day.
Although outnumbered two-to-one, Lee committed his entire force, while McClellan sent in less than three-quarters of his army, enabling Lee to fight the Federals to a standstill. Although technically viewed as a draw, Lee was forced to retreat into Virginia, giving President Lincoln the battle victory he needed to announce the Emancipation Proclamation, turning the war into one not only to preserve the Union, but abolish slavery.
Sources: CivilWar.org, http://www.nps.gov/anti/index.htm” via @PhotoRepost_app
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