Historic: Antietam National Battlefield

On Sept. 17, 1862, 55,000 Confederates under Gen. Robert E. Lee went up against 75,000 Union soldiers under Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan near the tiny western Maryland hamlet of Sharpsburg. Fighting on what is now the 3,300-acre Antietam National Battlefield resulted in some 23,000 casualties -- the bloodiest single day of the American Civil War. By day's end, although the battle was essentially a draw, Lee's threatened invasion of the North had been thwarted. Abraham Lincoln, buoyed by what was arguably a Union victory, issued the Emancipation Proclamation five days later. --Chris Kaltenbach 5831 Dunker Church Road., Sharpsburg nps.gov/anti
Amy Davis, Baltimore Sun
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