Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Antietam- 150 Years Ago

September 17, 1862 has been called America’s bloodiest day because of the high casualties suffered in the Civil War battle of Antietam. One-hundred fifty years ago, General Robert E. Lee’s Confederate forces and General George McClelan’s Union forces battled near Sharpsburg, Maryland.  Estimates vary, but more than 25,000 Union and Confederate soldiers were killed or wounded in this battle. Wisconsin’s Iron Brigade troops were in the thickest of the fighting. The 6th Wisconsin Infantry led a charge through the woods and into a cornfield leaving 150 of its 280 men killed or wounded.  We have many books about the famous Iron Brigade, including Alan Nolan’s “Iron Brigade: A Military History”.

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