Today in History–September 17–the Library of Congress features Battle of Antietam, fought on this day in 1862. The bloodiest battle in the Civil War—more than 23,000 killed, wounded or missing in action–was fought in the hills of Sharpsburg, Maryland. Although the Confederates occupied the town of Sharpsburg at nightfall, the battle was a Union victory. Find out more about Union General George B. McClellan‘s victory over Confederate General Robert E. Lee by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to uncover more primary source resources.
Antietam items from The Civil War in America online exhibition
The Battle of Antietam Creek (song recording)
Battle of Antietam (from the National Park Service)
Battle of Antietam (from History.com)
The Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg, from Shotgun’s Home of the American Civil War)