In September 1862, a battle was fought in a small town in Maryland. More lives were lost than any other battle or war that the United States has ever experience before or since. This battle had no true winner but it did have consequeses that changed the course of the Civil War. In James M. McPherson’s book Crossroads of Freedom Antietam The Battle That Changed the Course of the Civil War, he shows how small events added up to lead to the Battle of Antietam and ultimately to the North winning the Civil War.
The American Civil War was a bloody war that resulted from poor decisions and false beliefs in old tactics and strategies. One of the bloodiest battles fought was that of Antietam, Maryland, where General George B. McClellan commanded the Union forces against those of General Robert E. Lee’s Confederate forces. There were “36 casualties a minute, totaling 22, 717” by the end of the battle. Though McClellan easily outnumbered Lee two to one, his ego and personal delusions prevented him from making the necessary decisions that could have led to a shorter and more decisive victory for the Union. This battle alone has led to a large debate among historians on whether or not McClellan was a good commander.
Abraham Lincoln became the United States’ 16th President in 1861, issuing the Emancipation Proclamation that proclaimed perpetually free those slaves inside the Alliance in 1863. Lincoln is an unprecedented pioneer because of the of The Anaconda Plan, Emancipation Proclamation and Gettysburg Address. The Anaconda Plan had a few objectives and of them being the foundation of a naval barricade around the entire shore of the South with a specific end goal to keep the fare of cotton, indigo, tobacco, and other money crops from the South and to shield the South from bringing in fundamental war supplies and arrangements (1). After the Battle of Antietam in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln announced the Emancipation Proclamation, this demonstration allowed the Africans to enter in the Association armed force and naval force which helped in the war. Lincoln in his Gettysburg Address regarded the dead soldiers, pronounced freedom and emphasized on "All men are created equal"
The 1989 film Glory highlights the bravery displayed by the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. It is a powerful and engaging film that holds the attention of the audience with action-packed scenes and emotionally-charged performances by the actors. It touches on historical events such as the Battle of Antietam and the storming of Fort Wagner. Glory chronicles the struggles faced by one of the first all African-American Infantry Regiments as they fought the Confederate enemy, while also fighting injustices in the army in which they served.
Up to this point of the Civil War, no battle had been as bloody and meaningful as the Battle of Shiloh. The battle took place on April 6th and 7th, 1862 at Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee; for it was originally named the Battle of Pittsburg Landing. General Ulysses S. Grant commanded the Union troops while General Albert Sidney Johnston led the Confederate troops. During the two days of battle, a surprise attack was launched to the Union side which they retaliated the next day that ultimately concluded the battle as a tie. The Battle of Shiloh was the first battle of the Civil War in the west that made both North and South realize that they would be in for a long and arduous war.
‘Antietam In The Civil War’ September 17,1862 by was about the fight that aganist the north and south in Sparburg,Maryland. After Union General McClellan failed to invade Richmond,Virignia,as a result he then threaten Washington DC.Confedertae General Lee sperated his army at the Pennsylvania boarder to protect contact with Virgina. After Lee lost his marching plans McClellan found them and had the advantage for sometime. However all this violence killed over 5000 people. The south managed to outsmart the North’s first line and got the victory.
The Battle of Chickamauga was one of the bloodiest battles in the U.S. Civil War’s western theatre. General Rosecrans was the Union Army of the Cumberland commanding general. He ultimately failed in the principles of mission command and lost the battle. Gen. Rosecrans made many correct decisions, but his poor decisions caused the Union’s defeat. The Battle of Chickamauga was one of the few Civil War battles where the Confederate Army outnumbered the Union Army involved in the battle.
The Civil War is considered to be the bloodiest episodes of warfare in American History. During this war, there were numerous well known battles. One of the most famous battles was called the Second Battle of Bull Run. The Second Battle of Bull Run was fought over August 28-30, 1862. Although this battle lasted only 3 days, there were approximately 22,000 casualties during this span.
The battle had four distinct phases, which allowed both armies to either reinforce a flank or shift towards a more advantageous location. However, despite enormous deaths on both sides, the sparked the infamous Emancipation Proclamation to be written only after five days of the deadly battle. Robert E. Lee, Commander of
By the time Lincoln was inaugurated, seven southern states had already seceded from the Union, forming the Confederate States of America. After Lincoln ordered a fleet of Union ships to supply Fort Sumter in April, the Confederate fired upon both the fort and fleet, which marked the beginning of the Civil War. Defeated in the Battle of Bull Run, the hopes for a quick Union victory were quickly dashed and Lincoln called for 500,000 more troops as both side prepared ahead for a long and bloody conflict. Although Lincoln only had a brief period of service to his name in the Black Hawk War, he surprised many when he proved to be a capable wartime leader. Although General George McClellan was loved by his troops, Lincoln was continually frustrated by his reluctance to advance and he was removed from command when he failed to pursue Robert E. Lee's retreating army after the victory at Antietam in September 1862.
General Robert E. Lee of the Confederate army was not successful in defeating General George B. McClellan union army thus leading into European powers backing off the civil war. “Once news of Antietam and the Emancipation Proclamation arrived overseas, however, the European powers backed away and remained neutral” (Klein, 2012). Due to the Battle of Antietam, the European powers were waiting for their moment to help Confederate side because of resource they trade like cotton and other material they consumed. From the battle, the South prevails and limited the north forces from gaining support from countries like Britain and England that could have changed American history as we know it. The Emancipation Proclamation would forever change American for the better; it gave people of different race not to be treated like slaves or
Up to this point the Battle of Antietam is the bloodiest single day not only in the American Civil War but also in American history. The Civil War is remembered for some of the most horrific tragedies and have echoed through time. Antietam was particularly tragic due to the staggering human cost as well as the mistakes made by the North. The Union Army could have shaped the course of the war with a decisive victory, instead, the lack of adherence to the principles of command and bad leadership led the Union to waste these opportunities.
In, 1862 one of the most important battles of the Civil War happened, the Battle of Antietam, from the pressure, to the death toll, and the effects on the armies. The battle took place in September 1862, about a year and a half after the first shots were fired at Fort Sumter. The stakes leading into the battle was enomous on both sides with a win for each army could turn the tide of the war. The Battle of Antietam was also notable because it is the single deadliest day in American History. Lastly, the effects of the brutal death toll and the evacuation of the Confederacy would have lasting effects on the US.
This proclamation was issued to help end slavery, as Mr. Lincoln believed that slavery was very wrong. The Emancipation Proclamation did not end slavery right when it was issued, as many people think, however the emancipation proclamation,"did not free all slaves in the United States. Rather, it declared free only those slaves living in states not under Union control." (pbs) The final document of the Emancipation Proclamation took effect on January 1, 1863.