Vintage: Battle of Antietam (1862)

Vintage: Battle of Antietam (1862)


he Battle of Antietam, also known as the Battle of Sharpsburg, particularly in the Southern United States, was fought on September 17, 1862, near Sharpsburg, Maryland and Antietam Creek as part of the Maryland Campaign.

It was the first field army–level engagement in the Eastern Theater of the American Civil War to take place on Union soil and is the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, with a combined tally of 22,717 dead, wounded, or missing.

93rd New York Infantry, headquarters Army of the Potomac

93rd New York Infantry, headquarters Army of the Potomac. Photo by Alexander Gardner

Blacksmith shoeing horses at headquarters, Army of the Potomac

Blacksmith shoeing horses at headquarters, Army of the Potomac. Photo by Alexander Gardner

Bodies in front of the Dunker church

Bodies in front of the Dunker church. Photo by Alexander Gardner

Bodies of Confederate dead gathered for burial

Bodies of Confederate dead gathered for burial. Photo by Alexander Gardner

Burying the dead Confederate soldiers

Burying the dead Confederate soldiers. Photo by Alexander Gardner

Captain J.M. Knap's Penn of Independent Battery 'E' Light Artillery

Captain J.M. Knap’s Penn of Independent Battery ‘E’ Light Artillery. Photo by Alexander Gardner

Confederate dead along Hagerstown Pike

Confederate dead along Hagerstown Pike. Photo by Alexander Gardner

Main Street in Sharpsburg, Maryland, September 1862, after the Battle of Antietam

Main Street in Sharpsburg, Maryland, September 1862, after the Battle of Antietam. Photo by Alexander Gardner

President Lincoln with Gen. George B. McClellan and group of officers

President Lincoln with Gen. George B. McClellan and group of officers. Photo by Alexander Gardner

Straw huts erected on Smith's farm used as a hospital after the battle of Antietam

Straw huts erected on Smith’s farm used as a hospital after the battle of Antietam. Photo by Alexander Gardner

 Lonely Grave, Antietam, Maryland

Lonely Grave, Antietam, Maryland. Photo by Alexander Gardner


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