Battle of Antietam

Battle of Antietam

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  • Battle of  Antietam By- Lexi Webb
  • April 6-7, 1862 22,720 total casualties Union losses- 12,400 Confederate losses-  10,320
  • Who
  • Why
  • Don't lose those.
  • Special Order 191
  • The  Battle of Antietam  or the Battle of Sharpsburg (as the South called it)  was the bloodiest day in history. This battle was  the first battle of the civil war fought in the North. The North and the South faced off  near Sharpsburg Maryland.  The Union victory gave Lincoln the  ability to issue the Emancipation Proclamation which helped  free some of the slaves.
  • What 
  • During the Battle of Antietam the  North was led by General George B. McClellan.  While  the South  was being led by General Robert E. Lee.  McClellan was cautious  and never used all of his men.  Lee was the opposite, he had his entire army fighting to hold off the Union soldiers. 
  • Where
  • General  George B. McCllelan
  • General Robert E. Lee
  • Special Order 191 was Lee's  plan of invasion.  Lee  only gave it to three generals. He gave it to Generals Longstreet, Jackson and Hill.  All of the generals were told to burn after reading.  One of the copies somehow ended up in the Union's hands. 
  • Results
  • I have issued the Emancipation Proclamation. It will free all slaves in the South once we (the Union) take it back.
  • One battle was The Miller Cornfield.  There were dead bodies from the  start to the end. The next battle was Bloody Lane.  The battle  ended quickly because of all the bodies in the road. Men were standing ankle deep in blood.  The last battle was Burnsides Bridge. At this battle the Union was  getting picked off one by one, the bridge began to fill with with dead bodies  and dying soldiers. 
  • The first part of the battle took place in a cornfield north of the town. The second part of the battle took place a sunken road which earned the nickname "bloody lane" because so many men died there. The last part of the battle was on a bridge known as "Burnside's Bridge". Union General Ambrose Burnside charged across the bridge.
  • At the end of the battle the Union won because Lee retreated.  The North lost 13,000 soldiers and the South lost 10,000 soldiers. Since the North won Lincoln decided to issue the Emancipation Proclamation.   The Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation didn't free all the slaves. 
  • Emancipation  Proclamation 
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