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Antietam National Battlefield

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.

Burnside Bridge

"Burnside Bridge"

This stone bridge over the Antietam Creek was renamed by Union soldiers for their commanding officer, Major General Ambrose E. Burnside.

"Sunken Road"

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.


Photos by DLO


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