The Battle Of Antietam And The Civil War

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Ryan Prendergast
Morrow
A/B American Studies
First Draft Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, uttered the words,"That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." This meaningful sentence perfectly represents the Battle of Antietam as a turning point in the Civil War and its effect on America decades later. The small step was one man 's step on the moon just like the Battle of Antietam was just another battle during the Civil War, but they were short and impactful events that revolutionized their fields. America 's advances in science and technology would not be the same without that one step on the moon. Similarly, without this one battle, America 's modern beliefs on slavery would be completely divergent. The Battle of Antietam was an event that completely altered the course of the Civil War, terminated Lee 's courageous Invasion of the North, made the Civil War "a war of slavery", and led to the Emancipation Proclamation. On September 17, 1862 during the Civil War, the Battle of Antietam occurred. Virginian General Robert E. Lee directed the Confederates. He acquired recognition during the Mexican American War. General Winfield Scott referred to Lee as "the very best soldier I 've ever seen in the field." Due to this prestige, even President Abraham Lincoln asked General Lee to join the Union, but Lee rejected the offer because he was a Virginia born man of the South. Lincoln then scouted another Mexican American War hero whom coordinated the
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