17 is the 140th Anniversary of the Battle of Antietam.
The Battle of Antietam was fought on
September 17, 1862, near Sharpsburg, Maryland.
you know the Battle of Antietam is also known as the
Battle of Sharpsburg?
Yes, during the American
Civil War, the North and the South referred to the same battle
by different names. The North named the battles after nearby rivers,
and the South named the battles after towns. This engagement occurred
near the town of Sharpsburg, Maryland, where the Antietam Creek
runs. Therefore, the North called this battle Antietam, and the
South called it Sharpsburg. The official name of the site run
by the National Park Service is Antietam National Battlefield.
Burnside Bridge (Lower Bridge) crosses Antietam Creek at the Antietam
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When was the Emancipation
September 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued a Preliminary
Emancipation Proclamation stating the Emancipation Proclamation
would take effect on January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation
freed about 4 million African-Americans held as slaves in the
The Emancipation Proclamation
states, "That on the first day of January, in the year of our
Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held
as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the
people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States,
shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; and the Executive
Government of the United States, including the military and naval
authority thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of
such persons, and will do no act or acts to repress such persons,
or any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual
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During the Battle
of Antietam, who commanded the Union Army of the Potomac and who
commanded the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia?
George B. McClellan commanded
Army of the Potomac,
and Robert E. Lee commanded the Confederate
Army of Northern Virginia.
In September, 1862, Robert E.
Lee led his army into northern territory for the first time during
the Civil War. Lee's army met McClellan's army on September 17
at Sharpsburg, Maryland. The Union Army (87,000 troops) outnumbered
the Confederate Army (40,000 troops) by more than 2-to-1. The
battle was tactically a draw. The next day, Lee's army withdrew
into Virginia, and the Union claimed Antietam as a victory. Five
days later, President Abraham Lincoln used this victory to issue
a Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.
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