Battle of Antietam | Summary & Significance
Battle of Antietam, a decisive engagement on September 17, 1862, in the American Civil War that halted the Confederate invasion of Maryland. President Abraham Lincoln used the costly Union victory as an opportunity to issue the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.
The "Bloody Lane" Antietam Battlefield, Sharpsburg, Maryland When dawn broke along Antietam Creek on Sept. 17, 1862, cannon volleys launched a Civil War battle that would leave 23,000 casualties on the single bloodiest day in U.S. history.
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The small town of Sharpsburg, Maryland lies in the narrow strip of the state between Virginia and Pennsylvania. Just east of the town winds a small stream known as Antietam Creek bordered by farms. This patch of farmland would forever change when the Confederate and Union Armies clashed one September day in 1862. The Battle of Antietam became known as the bloodiest day of the Civil War with over twenty three thousand men dead or wounded in a single day and many those souls, still linger…