Footsteps of History
Antietam National Battlefield
On Wednesday, 17 September 1862, General Robert E. Lee's first invasion of the North ended with the Battle of Antietam, in Maryland (or Sharpsburg, as the South called it). This was only 18 days after the Confederate victory at Second Manassas, 40 miles to the southeast in Virginia.
There were more soldiers killed and wounded at the Battle of Antietam than the deaths of all Americans in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican War, and Spanish-American War combined. D-day, the "longest day" of World War II, resulted in a total of about 2,500 soldiers killed at Omaha and Utah beaches. In comparison, 23,000 soldiers were killed at Antietam.
This battle was also a turning point in the Civil War, halting Lee's invasion of the North.
National Battlefield information
Website for the Antietam Battlefield Guide Association
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