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Antietam - Highest One-Day Casualties

It was damp and foggy in Maryland on the morning of September 17, 1862.  Then the weather improved, with clearing skies and temperatures in the 70s.  By the end of that day, nearly 23,000 Americans who met on a battlefield known as Antietam - near the town of Sharpsburg - were dead, wounded or missing. 

According to the U.S. National Park Service, 500 cannons fired more than 50,000 rounds as the North and South fought to a draw.  The sound was deafening, the slaughter appalling.   It remains the bloodiest day in U.S. history.

This video clip - from "10 Days that Unexpectedly Changed America" - includes interviews with Civil-War historians and provides background on the Battle of Antietam.


Media Credits

Clip from "10 Days that Unexpectedly Changed America," copyright History Channel, all rights reserved.  Online via YouTube; clip provided here as fair use for educational purposes and to acquaint new viewers with the program.

 

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