The Battle of Antietam Essay

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The Battle of Antietam took place on 17 September 1862, near Sharpsburg, Maryland. The battle was fought between General Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia and General McClellan’s Army of the Potomac. Although the battle lasted only 12 hours, it was a significant point of the American Civil War, as well as the deadliest day in history. Tactically the battle was considered a draw, but the North claimed strategic victory and President Lincoln published the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing hundreds of thousands of slaves.

The Battle of Antietam

Antietam
Antietam is actual creek that is 41.7 miles long, located in Pennsylvania and Western Maryland. On September 17, 1862 during the American Civil War, the Union, and
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Hooker led the Army of the Potomac I Corps at the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862.

The Commander of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia was General Robert E. Lee. General Lee graduated second in his class from West Point in 1829 and served throughout the country, but is best known for his leadership during the Mexican-American War. General Lee believed in unity but when the state of Virginia decided to secede from the Union in April 1861, Lee decided to stay with Virginia. Confederate president Jefferson Davis asked Lee to serve as his senior military adviser and General Lee took command of the Army of Northern Virginia on June 1, 1862.
LTG Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson graduated from West Point in 1846 and saw battle in the Mexican-American War. Jackson commanded the Second Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia and took his wing into the Battle of Antietam on 17 September 1862.
MG James Longstreet graduated from West Point in 1842, ranking 54 out of a class of 56. Longstreet served during the Mexican-American War and throughout several battles during the American Civil War. MG Longstreet commanded the First Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia and led his wing into the Battle of Antietam on 17 September 1862.
MG James E. B. Stuart graduated from West Point in 1854, spent much of his service with the 1st Cavalry in Kansas. He was in charge of all of the cavalry for the Army of Northern Virginia and actively engaged in the Battle of

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