The Bloodiest Day: The Battle of Antietam (Civil War)
Ronald H. Bailey
Beautifully bound and illustrated volume on the Civil War featuring The Bloodiest Day, the Battle of Antietam.
To must be." He died the next day. While this fight was taking place, two of General Greene's brigades again came into action a half mile to the south. nition had and unable lain at the to help, Out of ammu- Greene's Federals edge of the high ground east of Dunker Church during Sumner's illfated foray into the West Woods. Now, isthe sued a fresh supply of cartridges and backed by a six-gun battery, they rose pulsed two enemy up and assaults launched re- from Captain Oliver.
Much more than a mere diversion, and center, This regimental color was carried into battle by the 51st New York, lost 19 killed and 68 wounded which at The Georgians' perseverance had were halfway across the onto the narrow span. 51st Pennsylvania onrush- at the fell, dled by bullets. nel ing his sword antly, brandished his Antietam. Most of them fell during the crossing of the Burnside Bridge The lull ensued on the southern flank that coincided with the end of the fighting.
Toombs's position. Hill then divided his right flank, he sent The southeast. 2,000 men, just farm The south of to advance. While these against — the 16th Connecticut — lagged behind. and the 4th Rhode Island The resulting gap was a perfect opening for Hill's attack. column. To guard his two brigades off to the Just a few minutes before Hill struck, Rodman saw the Confederates coming and other three brigades, about sent an aide ahead to alert the green 16th Toombs's.
Lincoln to put the proclamation aside, a better be interpreted by the world as a sign of desperation as Seward put it, "our now lest a half million slaves. it — last shriek on the retreat." The President agreed to wait for an improvement in mil- time has come now. I wish that we were in condition. But the rebel driven out, and I am army going to is fulfill that promise." Though he personally opposed slavery, Lincoln's motives for the proclamation were more pragmatic.
Separated." Most of the men felt the same way. BrigaJohn Gibbon described the army as "Thunderstruck. There is but one opinion among the troops and that is that the government has gone mad." Lieutendier General ant Edgar McClellan would also get an opportunity to is three weeks before. truer servant." diately to his as much as any army man that created it," Potomac I great mistake. Alas for know my army a poor country! wife later that night. setts Newcomb of the 19th Massachu-.