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The Battle of Antietam has been called the bloodiest single day in American History.
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The Battle of Antietam has been called the bloodiest single day in American History. By the end of the evening, 17 September 1862, an estimated 4,000 American soldiers had been killed and over 18,000 wounded in and around the small farming community of Sharpsburg, Maryland. Emory Upton, then a captain with the Union artillery battery, later wrote, "I have heard of 'the dead lying in heaps,' but never saw it till this battle. Whole ranks fell together." The battle had been a day of confusion, tactical blunders, individual heroics, and the effects of just plain luck. It brought to an end a Confederate campaign to "liberate" the border state of Maryland and possibly take the war into Pennsylvania.

--The Battle of Antietam, Ted Ballard, 2008.

Staff Ride Guide

A training aid for those undertaking an Antietam staff ride, and valuable reading for those interested in the Civil War and in the history of the military art.



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Antietam Expedition Guide
Call Number: E474.65 .A585 2004
Features disc with interactive software providing self-guided virtual tour.

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Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam - Stephen W. Sears
Call Number: E474.65 .S43 1983
Also available in audiobook format.


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