Battle Of Antietam

The Bloodiest of All Battle's

The Generals

Killed

3,650


Wounded

17,300


Missing/Captured

1,770

It was located near Shapsburg Maryland and started on September 16, 1862

There were counter attacks that went through Miller's Corfield and the West Woods. The reasons this battle was started is because General Robert E. Lee wanted to keep fighting for the North because he was confident in winning at Bull Run. He wanted countires in Europe such as England and France to help the south and confederates with their cause.

Why This Battle Was Important

Antietam is significant because it was the first major battle fought on Northern soil--it's in Maryland, which was a border state at the time. It is also very important to know that it was the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, with over 23,000 casualties.

How It Ended

In this battle the Union Army won, We know this because Lee started the retreat back to the Potomac River. The end of this battle, changed the course of this war. Now the war wasn't only to support the Unions, it was also to free the slaves, who were eventually freed when Lincoln gave the Emancipation Proclamation.