The Battle of
Antietam (or Sharpsburg), fought on September 17, 1862 beside the
Antietam Creek on the farmlands of Sharpsburg, Maryland, was the bloodiest
single-day battle in American history. This engagement was considered
to be a tactical draw for both armies—the Confederate army under the
command of General Robert E. Lee, and the Union army under the command
of Major General George B. McClellan.
Antietam National Battlefield, in Sharpsburg, Maryland, was established
on August 30, 1890.
This stone bridge over the Antietam Creek was renamed by Union
soldiers for their commanding officer, Major General Ambrose
Designated as one of the more significant areas during the
combat, this farm road was used by Confederate soldiers as
a rifle pit from which they fired on Union troopers attacking
from the north.
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