Antietam, Maryland is the site of the bloodiest military operation in American history. About 23,000 soldiers were killed or wounded during this one-day battle. Advances in technology and outdated tactics led to this tragic number of losses.
During the Civil War in general, the combination of modern rifles with their increased accuracy in conjunction with the use of the medieval strategy of opposing parallel battle lines contributed to the unprecedented levels of carnage. Technically the battle ended in a draw with both sides withdrawing, but the battle did prevent Lee’s forces from entering Pennsylvania.
The Center Monument of Antietam
Mumma Farm and Cemetery
The Fields of Antietam
Burnside’s Bridge – The site of many Union deaths as they tried to cross to engage the Confederacy