The Battle of Antietam

by Hunter Willimas

History of the Battle

The 12 hour battle of Antietam took place on September 17, 1862 in Sharpsburg, Maryland. The brutal and up close battle was fought between 87,000 Union soldiers and 45,000 Confederate soldiers, and was considered to have ended as a draw. Even though nobody technically one, the Union considered the battle a victory because it ended the Confederate's first northern expansion and, most importantly, lead to the Emancipation Proclamation being issued.

Key Points

  • Leads to Emancipation Proclamation
  • bloodiest battle in American History
  • Union defeats Confederates
  • Battle took place on September 17, 1862
  • Took place in Sharpsburg, Maryland


The two topics that were connected to the Battle of Antietam were Clara Barton and the Emancipation Proclamation. Clara Barton was connected to the battle because she was a medic during the war. The Emancipation Proclamation is connected to the battle because is was issued as a result of Antietam.