Battle of Antietam Creek.

Captain Eugene Cornell Memorial Civil War Showcase.



This was the bloodiest 1-day battle in all of American History, which took place in September 17th, 1862. There were 3,650 Soldiers which were killed and 17,300 soldiers which were wounded at The Battle of Antietam Creek. This, of course is the battle where my Great Great Great Uncle, Capt. Eugene Cornell was killed. This was also the Major Union Victory which enable Abraham Lincoln to write the Emancipation Proclamation, which would free all of the slaves.
The Battle started around 5:30 in the morning. Union Officer, Joseph l Hooker and his men  resolved to attack the Confederate  Army on a plateau where Dunker Church was located. As the Union Army emerged from the woods, they spotted confederate bayonets in a cornfield nearby by, and immediately the northern soldiers ran into the cornfield after the rebel soldiers, and a bloody gunfight began. The second segment of the Battle of Antietam occurred in the early afternoon  just after the stalemate in the cornfield. The focus of the battle was now at the confederacy front light somewhere in the center, and by the late afternoon, the northern army pushed their way down to the southern portion of the battlefield. The Union tried to take Burnside's Bridge a couple of times, and finally succeeded. There were very heavy losses on both sides, but The Battle of Antietam was a Union Victory--the one  which was need for Abraham Lincoln to initiate The Emancipation Proclamation.  At 5:30pm, the Battle of Antietam was over and General Lee withdrew is Southern Troops back across the Potomac to Virginia. Lincoln was disappointed that McClellan didn't go after Lee and his Confederate Army and cripple them once and for all; for if  he had, the Civil War would have been over. 


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