Battle of Antietam


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The battle of Antietam, also known as the battle of Sharpsburg, was fought on September 17, 1862, near Sharpsburg, Maryland, at Antietam Creek. George B. McClellan launched attacks against Lee's army, in defensive positions behind Antietam CreekAntietam Creek. McClellan had 87,000 men and Lee had 45,000 men. The battle took place mostly on a cornfield. When the battle ended, you would never have known that a cornfield existed because it was leveled by a sea of dead soldiers. There was also a "trench" called Bloody Lane where the Confederates was fired upon by Union cannons and many soldiers' bodies were strewn in Bloody Lane, dead. The total amount of casualties was about 23,000 people. In the end, the Union army lost 12,401 soldiers and the Confederate army lost 10,316 soldiers. This made it the bloodiest day in American history because there were more dead on this day than any past day or current day; even now it we have yet to surpass the causality count to this very day.

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