September 8, 2021

Today in History: Battle of Antietam

Last Updated on August 10, 2021

Battle of Antietam, Md.
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.

The Battle of Antietam from America’s Library

Walt Whitman’s description of the fight for the bridge at Antietam 1862

Antietam items from The Civil War in America online exhibition

Antietam documents

Battle of Antietam 1862 historical newspaper coverage

Antietam sheet music

The Battle of Antietam Creek (song recording)

Antietam images

Antietam maps

Battle of Antietam National Park Service informational map

Battle of Antietam National Park Service

Battle of Antietam

Learning from the Source: Primary Source Perspectives of the Civil War

More Civil War teaching resources & primary source collections

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