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    The Battle of Antietam 150 Years Ago - September 17, 1862

    Most lives ever lost on US soil; estimated 23,000.

    Interesting how events of history can turn on small errors; like when Lee dropped his battle plans on the march north.

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    ..."a copy of Gen. Robert E. Lee's secret Special Orders No. 191, detailing the Southern commander's audacious plans for an invasion of enemy territory that would propel the Confederates to victory. Carelessly dropped as Lee's army marched north, the copy was spotted in a field by the Indianans.."

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    Re: The Battle of Antietam 150 Years Ago - September 17, 1862

    Quote Originally Posted by Go2Guy View Post
    Most lives ever lost on US soil; estimated 23,000.

    Interesting how events of history can turn on small errors; like when Lee dropped his battle plans on the march north.

    http://i50.tinypic.com/2113xvn.jpg


    ..."a copy of Gen. Robert E. Lee's secret Special Orders No. 191, detailing the Southern commander's audacious plans for an invasion of enemy territory that would propel the Confederates to victory. Carelessly dropped as Lee's army marched north, the copy was spotted in a field by the Indianans.."

    Did battle, and US future, hang on thread of fate? - Houston Chronicle
    Not sure Lee dropped them but it sure made a difference. 23,000 was the casualty figure, not fatality wasn't it?

    I have walked the "cornfield". That had to have been Hell.



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    Re: The Battle of Antietam 150 Years Ago - September 17, 1862

    Fatality number I believe. Amazing battle. I want to go here after walking pickets charge in Gettysburg.


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    Re: The Battle of Antietam 150 Years Ago - September 17, 1862

    Anyone else have the civil war app for the iPad?



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    Re: The Battle of Antietam 150 Years Ago - September 17, 1862

    Quote Originally Posted by Let's Go State View Post
    Fatality number I believe. Amazing battle. I want to go here after walking pickets charge in Gettysburg.
    The Battle of Antietam Summary & Facts | Civilwar.org



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    Re: The Battle of Antietam 150 Years Ago - September 17, 1862

    Quote Originally Posted by Let's Go State View Post
    Anyone else have the civil war app for the iPad?
    Yep. I don't get to it each day so I am a ways behind.



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    Re: The Battle of Antietam 150 Years Ago - September 17, 1862

    Its the single bloodiest day in American history. Worse than D-day.

    I've volunteer for the park service at Antietam while my sister worked at the NPS and stayed at the Pry House (Union Headquarters). It is an extremely cool and historic place. The corn field and Burnside's bridge would have been hell on Earth. Antietam should have been the end of the war if McCellan wasn't a horrible field officer.



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    Re: The Battle of Antietam 150 Years Ago - September 17, 1862

    Quote Originally Posted by Let's Go State View Post
    Fatality number I believe. Amazing battle. I want to go here after walking pickets charge in Gettysburg.
    I've done both. You can feel the history.


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    Re: The Battle of Antietam 150 Years Ago - September 17, 1862

    Quote Originally Posted by CyForPresident View Post
    Its the single bloodiest day in American history. Worse than D-day.

    I've volunteer for the park service at Antietam while my sister worked at the NPS and stayed at the Pry House (Union Headquarters). It is an extremely cool and historic place. The corn field and Burnside's bridge would have been hell on Earth. Antietam should have been the end of the war if McCellan wasn't a horrible field officer.
    You can sure understand why someone would think twice before attempting to cross that bridge.



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    Re: The Battle of Antietam 150 Years Ago - September 17, 1862

    Quote Originally Posted by terryleebr View Post
    You can sure understand why someone would think twice before attempting to cross that bridge.
    Crazy part is that only 400 Georgia sharpshooters held that bridge for hours and killed thousands. Nuts.



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    Re: The Battle of Antietam 150 Years Ago - September 17, 1862

    Quote Originally Posted by CyForPresident View Post
    Crazy part is that only 400 Georgia sharpshooters held that bridge for hours and killed thousands. Nuts.
    3,654 were killed in the entire battle so I don't think thousands died at the bridge. Casualties yes, dead I don't think so. I thought more died in the cornfield but my memory often betrays me.



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    Re: The Battle of Antietam 150 Years Ago - September 17, 1862

    Nice web site, thanks for posting.


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    Re: The Battle of Antietam 150 Years Ago - September 17, 1862

    This thread makes me feel really old. I remember as a kid in the 1960's when it was the 100 year anniversary. Life magazine did a big series every week for a period oftime on the war. Still remember those. Interesting period with that 100 year coming smack in the middle of the civil rights movement of the 1960’s (and throw in a Cuban missile crisis for good measure). Sort of disconcerting how 50 years later there is a big effort to spin the actual cause and history of the war.


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    Re: The Battle of Antietam 150 Years Ago - September 17, 1862

    Quote Originally Posted by Go2Guy View Post
    Nice web site, thanks for posting.
    No problem. A few years back I was working in West Virginia so I went out early. Spent a day at Gettysburg then a day at Harpers Ferry/Antietam. Wish I had saved more time for Antietam. So many sites there impacted me. I would like to go back.



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