The Battle of Antietam: The Bloodiest Day

By Ted Alexander

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"The worst hit was the 30th Virginia. This was a unit composed of shopkeepers, clerks, skilled craftsmen and farmers from the Fredericksburg area. They went into the fight with 236 men and lost 172, killed, wounded and captured, 68 percent of the regiment." (p. 84)

In a single day, 23,000 men died, were captured or were wounded at the Battle of Antietam, near Sharpsburg, Maryland, on September 17, 1862. The Chief Historian for the Antietam site gives a fascinating look at the men and battlefield movements that went into that very long and very bloody day. He also includes sections on hospital conditions and how the battle was remembered in the decades following.
Part of the History Press' Civil War sesquicentennial series.

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