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A Brief History of the Battle of Antietam

By Antietam National Battlefield
11/4/2015 • Videos

On September 17, 1862, George B. McClellan’s Army of the Potomac attacked Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia between Antietam Creek and the Potomac River outside Sharpsburg, Maryland. At the end of the day, 23,000 Americans were dead, wounded or missing—still the greatest single-day casualty total in America’s history.

In this short video presentation, park rangers from the Antietam National Battlefield Park describe the day’s events.

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