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The Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg)
(The Bloodiest Day of the Civil War)
September 17, 1862
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(Burnside Bridge today looking from the Federal side)

A Woman's Recollection's of Antietam Taken from "Battles and Leaders of the Civil War," a fine little article about the battle through the eyes of a woman.
About Whittier's "Barbara Frietchie" A nice little article that tells the story of this famous poem.
Antietam and the Southern Historical Society Papers Several articles taken from the Southern Historical Society Papers that relate directly to the Battle of Antietam.
Antietam Battlefield Illumination If you haven't see this in person, you might want to make plans to do so!
Battle Description A brief description of the battle with a map.
Battle of Antietam According to Shotgun. This is a description that I wrote just to help the folks that are newcomers to this battle understand it.
Battle of South Mountain, Prelude to Antietam Just a couple of dandy articles that present both the Confederate and Union side about the battle leading into Antietam.
Beginning of the Maryland Campaign A very lengthy chapter taken from "The Antietam And Fredericksburg" By Francis Winthrop Palfrey.  This has a Union slant.
Cox At Antietam Taken from "Battles and Leaders of the Civil War," this is Maj. Gen. Jacob Cox's description of the battle.
First Maryland Campaign and Hood's Texans An essay by a fine amateur historian who really knows this battle.  Think "Cornfield" and you will know where those "Texans" were.
Forcing Fox's Gap and Turner's Gap An article about the Union activities during these battles. Written by Maj. Gen. Jacob Cox and taken from "Battles and Leaders of the Civil War."
Invasion of Maryland A little something written by James Longstreet after the war.
J.E.B. Stuart At Antietam Chapter X, The Life and Campaigns of Major-General J.E.B. Stuart
John B. Gordon at Antietam Chapter VII of his book, "Reminiscences of the Civil War"
Jubal A. Early at Antietam Chapter XVI of his Autobiography.
Longstreet at Antietam Chapter XVIII of his book, "From Manassas to Appomattox"
Lost Order Chapter XVI of Longstreet's book "From Manassas to Appomattox."
Maryland Campaign The battle with a Southern slant. Taken from the Confederate Military History, Volume 3
Newspaper Article This is how the Washington Star reported the battle. Warning: any resemblance to what is written here and what actually happened is purely accidental.
Note's on Crampton's Gap and Antietam Written by Maj. Gen. William B. Franklin, late of the Union Army.
Palfrey's Antietam The battle as described by Francis Winthrop Palfrey in his book, "The Antietam and Fredericksburg."
Private's Account of the Battle of Sharpsburg A two part series published by the Southern Historical Society that describes the Maryland Campaign from a private's view point.
Sequence of Events Provides the sequence of events for the Maryland Campaign, including those at South Mountain and Harpers Ferry. The times for the events on the day of the battle are also provided
With Burnside At Antietam An interesting article from "Battles and Leaders of the Civil War" by a member of the 9th N.Y. Vols.

From The Official Records
Note: The links to the Official Reports of the commanders down through the Brigade level can be found on the Order of Battle Pages.
Confederate Roll of Honor The Confederates were a little short of Medals so they just made up a set of orders to honor those who fought courageously. From the Official Records, this is their Roll of Honor for the Antietam Campaign.
Davis's Proclamation Requirements Davis agreed to the invasion request by Lee but required that he issue a proclamation to the people of Maryland. These were Davis's requirements.
Halleck's Official Report This OR contains attachments (Lincoln, Meigs, McClellan, etc) that present McClellan's excuse for not pursuing Lee after the battle.
Lee's General Orders No. 102 These are the orders issued to Lee's army on the eve of the Maryland Campaign.
Lee's Maryland Invasion Request Prior to moving his Army Of Northern Virginia into Maryland General lee had to ask permission of President Davis. This is his request.
Lee's Proclamation This was the proclamation issued to the people of Maryland by General Lee at the time his army entered Maryland.
Order of Battle (ANV) Provides, from the Official Records,  the Order of Battle for the Army of Northern Virginia. After battle reports are linked from here.
Order of Battle (AOP) Provides, from the Official Records,  the Order of Battle for the Army of the Potomac.  After battle reports are linked from here.
Special Orders 191 This is the infamous lost order. Had it not been lost and recovered by McClellan's forces, Lee may have fared a lot better at the Battle of Antietam.
Summary of Principal Events                   Taken from the Official Records, this provides the summary of the principal events of the entire Maryland Campaign

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