Battle of Antietam

The Bloodiest One Day Battle in American History

23000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after twelve hours of savage combat on September 17, 1862. The Battle of Antietam ended the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia's first invasion into the North and led to Abraham Lincoln's issuance of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. - NPS



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Timeline

Y/M/D Description Place
1862/09/07 Confederate soldiers from Robert E Lee's Army attend services at the Lutheran Church in Frederick, Maryland, frightening the congregants since most supported of the North. Evangelical Lutheran Church, Frederick, Frederick, MD
1862/09/17 Edward Revere is shot and killed while caring for wounded soldiers at the Battle of Antietam Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg, MD
1862/09/17 Captain Henry Rathbone commands a company of Union soldiers at the Battle of Antietam Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg, MD
1862/09/17 Elkanah Burson is wounded at Sharpsburg Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg, MD
1862/09/17 Robert E Lee commands the 38000-man Army of Northern Virginia Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg, MD
1862/09/17 Dolphus Greely of the 19th Mass Volunteer Infantry, is wounded at Antietam. Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg, MD
1862/09/17 Col Robert B Potter of the 51st New York Volunteer Infantry, is slightly wounded twice at Antietam while participating in Ambrose Burnside's attack on the Confederate right flank. Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg, MD
1862/09/17 Paul Joseph Revere is wounded during the Battle of Antietam. Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg, MD
1862/09/17 George B McClellan commands the 75500-man Army of the Potomac Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg, MD
1862/09/17 New York Infantry fights at the Battle of Antietam. Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg, MD
1862/09/17 Confederate Gen Robert Toombs and less than 500 Georgia soldiers repel three Union assaults made by Gen Ambrose Burnside's troops. The confederate forces will hold the area overlooking the Lower Bridge for three hours. Burnside Bridge, Sharpsburg, Antietam National Battlefield
1862/09/17 Henry L Benning's brigade leads the defense of the Confederate right flank, guarding "Burnsides Bridge" across Antietam Creek all morning against three Federal assaults. Burnside Bridge, Sharpsburg, Antietam National Battlefield
1862/09/17 The Union Army's 11th Connecticut Infantry attacks Georgians troops holding Burnsides Bridge. After taking heavy casualties, the 11th Connecticut withdraws in all haste. Burnside Bridge, Sharpsburg, Antietam National Battlefield
1862/09/17 The 51st New York Infantry and the 51st Pennsylvania Infantry, from Gen Edward Ferrero's brigade, attack from the field on the Union side of the creek and seize Burnside Bridge at bayonet point. Burnside Bridge, Sharpsburg, Antietam National Battlefield
1862/09/17 Confederate forces lead by Gen Thomas J Jackson attack Sedgwick's division from three sides. Sedgwick is shot three times, in the wrist, leg and shoulder. Routed, the Union forces fall back with barely half the men it began with. Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg, MD
1862/09/17 While commanding the 3rd Division, IX Corps, Robert Ives leads a charge against a Rebel battery and is hit by cannon shot in the thigh. The projectile tore away the flesh from the bone for several inches and passes into his horse, killing the animal. Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg, MD
1862/09/17 The Union Army commandeers the Lutheran church to be used as a hospital to treat both Confederate and Union soldiers were. Evangelical Lutheran Church, Frederick, Frederick, MD
1862/09/27 Robert Hale Ives dies at a home in Hagerstown, MD, from wounds sustained at Antietam. Hagerstown, MD, Maryland
1862/11/00 General John Sedgwick spends three months recuperating from wounds suffered at Antietam. Maj Gen John Sedgwick House, Cornwall, CT
1876/06/26 US Army Scouts arrive at Little Horn battlefield to discover the dead, naked, and mutilated bodies of Custer's command on the ridges east of the river. Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Crow Agency

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