Battle Of Antietam Essay

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The Battle of Antietam was the bloodiest day in U.S.A. military history. Our country was in a civil war and state of turmoil; it was a country divided. This battle was important to the end of the Confederacy, and, in turn, the merging of it and the Union into one, the United States of America, the greatest country in the world. Twenty-three thousand lives were lost that day while fighting in that vicious battle. This is why the Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest military day in U.S.A. history, was a crucial battle in the Civil War and might have paved the way for the Union’s victory of it. The Confederacy had been on a winning streak. Things were starting to look bleak for the Union. The Confederates were now done defending Virginia, and pushing into Union territory. This had all started out when the Confederacy had defeated the Union officer John Pope at Second Bull Run. John Pope had been stationed at Manassas, waiting for more forces by his fellow officer, George McClellan, when a fraction of a Confederate division, the Army of Northern Virginia,…show more content…
Lee knew what his next would be. This next move would be stated in his new orders to his generals, Special Orders 191, more famously known as the Lost Order. The orders would summarize his plans for the Army of Northern Virginia and divide the regiment into four parts, each of which would go and overtake garrisons and achieve supplies, then meet up with him and march north, to put it shortly. Unfortunately for Lee, these plans were lost and then stolen by the Union, specifically by the 27th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. These orders, which were found rolled up inside of some cigars, contained information as to what the Confederacy would do at the upcoming Battle of South Mountain and plans after that. The Lost Order was extremely crucial to the Confederates’ loss at South Mountain and Antietam, and could have possibly lost the Confederates the
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