What was the bloodiest battle of`the American Civil War?
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- The Army of the Potomac, under the command of George McClellan, mounted a series of powerful assaults against Robert E. Lee’s forces near Sharpsburg, Maryland, on September 17, 1862. The morning assault and vicious Confederate counterattacks swept back and forth through Miller’s Cornfield and the West Woods. Later, towards the center of the battlefield, Union assaults against the Sunken Road pierced the Confederate center after a terrible struggle. Late in the day, the third and final major assault by the Union army pushed over a bullet-strewn stone bridge at Antietam Creek. Just as the Federal forces began to collapse the Confederate right, the timely arrival of A.P. Hill’s division from Harpers Ferry helped to drive the Army of the Potomac back once more. The bloodiest single day in American military history ended in a draw, but the Confederate retreat gave Abraham Lincoln the “victory” he desired before issuing the Emancipation Proclamation.
- May 04, 2016 at 4:54pm
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Gettysburg was the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, with more than... View the full answer
- The Deadliest Battles in the Civil War Gettysburg was the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, with more than 51,000 casualties, including 7,863 dead. Battle deaths in the Civil War totaled nearly 215,000. Below is a list of the deadliest battles in the war. Battle Dates Number of fatalities Battle of Gettysburg June 3, – July 24, 1863 7,863 (3,155 Union troops; and 4,708 Confederate) Battle of Spotsylvania Court House May 8–21, 1864 4,192 (2,725 Union troops; and 1,467 Confederate) Battle of Chickamauga Sep. 1–20, 1863 3,969 killed (1,657 Union troops; 2,312 Confederate) Battle of the Wilderness May 5–7, 1864 3,723 (2,246 Union troops; 1,477 Confederate) Antietam Campaign Sep. 17, 1862 3,650 (2,100 Union troops; 1,550 Confederate) Battle of Shiloh April 6–7, 1862 3,482 (1,754 Union troops; and 1,728 Confederate) Battle of Chancellorsville April 30 – May 6, 1863 3,271 (1,606 Union troops; and 1,665 Confederate) Second Battle of Bull Run (Second Manassas) August 29–30, 1862 3,205 killed (1,724 Union troops; 1,481 Confederate) Battle of Stone's River Dec. 31, 1862–Jan. 2, 1863 2,971 (1,677 Union troops; and 1,294 Confederate) Battle of Fredericksburg December 11–15, 1862 1,892 (1,284 Union troops; and 608 Confederate) Sources Department of Defense and Veterans Administration, the National Park Service, and history.com.
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