September 17, 1862 : Rebels and Yankees clash at the Battle of Antietam

Introduction

On this day in 1862, at the Battle of Antietam, Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia and Union General George B. McClellan’s Army of the Potomac fight to a standstill along a Maryland creek on the bloodiest day in American history. Although the battle was a tactical draw, it forced Lee to end his invasion of the North and retreat back to Virginia.

Article Details:

September 17, 1862 : Rebels and Yankees clash at the Battle of Antietam

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    History.com Staff

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    History.com

  • Year Published

    2009

  • Title

    September 17, 1862 : Rebels and Yankees clash at the Battle of Antietam

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    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/rebels-and-yankees-clash-at-the-battle-of-antietam

  • Access Date

    December 11, 2017

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    A+E Networks