Facts about Bloody Lane during the Battle Of Antietam of the American Civil War
Location: Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg, Maryland
Dates: September 17, 1862
Generals: Union: Major General William French | Confederate: Major General D.H. Hill
Soldiers Engaged: Union: 5,000 | Confedereate: 2,600
Casualties: Approximately 5,000
Bloody Lane Summary: The sunken road that was later to be named "Bloody Lane" was site to some of the fiercest fighting in the Battle of Antietam. For nearly 4 hours, Union and Confederate forces fought in this sunken clay road. At the end, it was said that blood flowed like a river inside it, giving it the name "Bloody Lane."
Bloody Lane Articles From History Net Magazines
Confederate soldiers under the command of Gen. Robert E. Lee camp on the outskirts of Hagerstown, Maryland, in September of 1862. Image courtesy of Weider History Group archive.
War seemed far away to the editors of a Maryland weekly newspaper–until …
Superintendent John Howard plans to retire at year's end after 16 years at the helm of Antietam National Battlefield. Here he shares a few parting thought.
What accomplishment stands out most in your time at Antietam?
John Howard. Photo by …