The Battle Of Antietam (sharpsburg) + Bonus Books
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The Battle Of Antietam (sharpsburg) + Bonus Books:
Antietam And the
Maryland and Virginia
Campaigns of 1862
From The Government Records
Mostly Unknown and Which Have Now
First Disclosed the Truth
By Isaac Heysinger, 1912
325 Pages, Searchable
- Bonus Book -
The Antietam National Cemetery
Including A Descriptive List
Of All The Loyal Soldiers Buried There
By George Hess, 1890
130 Pages, Illustrated, Searchable
406 pages, Illustrated, indexed
- Bonus Book -The AntietamAnd Its BridgesThe Annals ofAn Historic StreamBy Helen Ashe Hays, 1910178 pages, Illustrated, Searchable
- Bonus Book -The Battle of AntietamBy R. C. Miller, 190640 pages, Illustrated, Searchable
- Bonus Book -Views of Historic AntietamBy L. Martin Burgan 1906 45 pages, Illustrated, Searchable
- Bonus Book -The Maryland CampaignAndThe Battle of AntietamBy M. C. Huyette, 1916
100 pages, Searchable
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The Battle of Antietam (also known as the Battle of Sharpsburg, particularly in the South), 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 was the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, with about 23,000 casualties.
After pursuing Confederate General Robert E. Lee into Maryland, Union Army Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan launched attacks against Lee's army, in defensive positions behind Antietam Creek. At dawn on September 17, Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker's corps mounted a powerful assault on Lee's left flank. Attacks and counterattacks swept across Miller's cornfield and fighting swirled around the Dunker Church. Union assaults against the Sunken Road eventually pierced the Confederate center, but the Federal advantage was not followed up.
In the afternoon, Union Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside's corps entered the action, capturing a stone bridge over Antietam Creek and advancing against the Confederate right. At a crucial moment, Confederate Maj. Gen. A.P. Hill's division arrived from Harpers Ferry and launched a surprise counterattack, driving back Burnside and ending the battle. 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. During the night, both armies consolidated their lines. In spite of crippling casualties, Lee continued to skirmish with McClellan throughout September 18, while removing his battered army south of the Potomac River.
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