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The Battle of Antietam

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The Battle of Antietam (September 17, 1862) 
10 Days that Unexpectedly Changed America

 The Dead at Antietam



Tried by War - Lincoln as Commander in Chief


Dunker Church  


Historical Context:  On September 17, 1862, at Antietam Creek, Maryland, over 23,000 Union and Confederate soldiers (nine times the number who fell on the beaches of Normandy) were killed or wounded. This cataclysmic battle was the bloodiest day of fighting in American history, with a stunning number of casualties left in its wake. Antietam also proved to be a critical and surprising turning point in the chronology of the Civil War. Though Union troops had halted the Confederate advance toward Washington, D.C., neither side emerged as the decisive victor. Nonetheless, the battle was a powerful symbolic victory for the Union. Encouraged by the Confederate retreat, President Lincoln boldly issued the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing Southern slaves and sending the message that his firm goal was to end the war and reunite the Union. In the battle’s aftermath, England and France were also dissuaded from supporting either side in the war, avoiding an expansion of the conflict of untold proportions.




1. According to this documentary, what were Abraham Lincoln’s thoughts on the Civil War? What does his famous quote “a house divided cannot stand” mean?




2. What images or ideas in this documentary did you find most compelling? Most surprising?




3. If you had to describe the importance of the battle at Antietam to someone five years younger than you, what would you say?




4.  Why is Antietam considered a turning point in American history? 





Alternative Questions  - Antietam






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