On this morning years ago, Union and Confederate troops clashed at the crossroads town of Sharpsburg, Md. The Battle of Antietam remains the bloodiest single day in American history. The battle of Antietam left 23, men killed or wounded in the fields, woods and dirt roads, and it changed the course of the Civil War. It is called simply the Cornfield, and it was here, in the first light of dawn that Union troops — more than 1, — crept toward the Confederate lines.
Overview map of the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1, Herr Ridge, McPherson Ridge and Seminary Ridge Anticipating that the Confederates would march on Gettysburg from the west on the morning of July 1, Buford laid out his defenses on three ridges west of the town: Archer and Joseph R.
They proceeded easterly in columns along the Chambersburg Pike. According to lore, the Union soldier to fire the first shot of the battle was Lt. Jones returned to Gettysburg to mark the spot where he fired the first shot with a monument.
Iron Brigade under Brig. Solomon Meredith enjoyed initial success against Archer, capturing several hundred men, including Archer himself. Shelby Foote wrote that the Union cause lost a man considered by many to be "the best general in the army. Abner Doubleday assumed command. Fighting in the Chambersburg Pike area lasted until about It resumed around 2: By the end of the three-day battle, they had about men standing, the highest casualty percentage for one battle of any regiment, North or South.
Howard raced north on the Baltimore Pike and Taneytown Road. By early afternoon, the U. The leftmost division of the XI Corps was unable to deploy in time to strengthen the line, so Doubleday was forced to throw in reserve brigades to salvage his line.
The Confederate brigades of Col.
Alfred Iverson suffered severe losses assaulting the I Corps division of Brig. Robinson south of Oak Hill. Barlow was wounded and captured in the attack. Howard ordered a retreat to the high ground south of town at Cemetery Hill, where he had left the division of Brig.
Adolph von Steinwehr in reserve. Hancock assumed command of the battlefield, sent by Meade when he heard that Reynolds had been killed. He sent orders to Ewell that Cemetery Hill be taken "if practicable. Law had begun the march from Guilford.
Both arrived late in the morning.By William C. Davis June • CIVIL WAR TIMES MAGAZINE. A mysterious woman of many names and dubious merit became a southern media celebrity.
F or years, historians have puzzled over a book published in titled The Woman in Battle, the memoir of a woman calling herself Loreta Velasquez, one of her many names, who .
Battle of Antietam page - battle maps, history articles, photos, and preservation news on this important Civil War battle in Maryland. The Army of the Potomac, under the command of Maj. Gen. George McClellan, mounted a series of powerful assaults against General Robert E.
Lee’s forces along Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg, Maryland. Combining brilliant military analysis with rich narrative history, Landscape Turned Red is the definitive work on the Battle of Antietam.
The Civil War battle waged on September 17, , at Antietam Creek, Maryland, was one of the bloodiest in the nation's history: on this single day, the war claimed nearly 23, casualties. The American Civil War (–) was a civil war in the United States of attheheels.com is sometimes called "The War Between the States." Eleven Southern states where slavery was legal wanted to leave the United States of America.
They formed the Confederate States of America, also called "the Confederacy".They wanted the Confederate States of America . Sep 14, · 4. The battle lifted sagging Union morale. Antietam quelled the despair felt by the war-weary North upon the invasion of Maryland.
The battle of Antietam left 23, men killed or wounded in the fields, woods and dirt roads, and it changed the course of the Civil War.. It is called simply the Cornfield, and it was here, in the first light of dawn that Union troops — more than 1, — crept toward the Confederate lines.