Tag Archives: Battle of Antietam

Descendants of Revolutionary Riders in the Civil War

Most Americans know the story of Paul Revere and William Dawes and their midnight ride on April 18-19, 1775, through the Massachusetts countryside (Revere’s role is better know than Dawes’). I would wager that most readers of this blog know … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Militia Experience “An Awful Sight” at the Antietam Battlefield

In the Fall of 1862, the threat of invasion loomed large for the citizens of southcentral Pennsylvania. With General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia on their doorstep, on September 4, 1862, Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Curtin issued a proclamation, … Continue reading

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One Part Glory

The Summer of 1862 arguably featured the most intense fighting of the war in the Eastern Theater. The fighting began in the steamy swamps just outside Richmond as summer commenced and finished in the foggy, warmth of late summer along … Continue reading

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Antietam: A Tactical Union Victory

The Battle of Antietam was a key turning point in the American Civil War and American history. In short, it turned back Robert E. Lee’s first campaign north of the Potomac River and led to the issuance of the Preliminary—and … Continue reading

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Antietam: On the Eve of Battle

The evening of September 16 always draws my mind to the Antietam battlefield. 159 years ago tonight, Union and Confederate soldiers settled down for a tense night around Sharpsburg, Maryland. In some cases, they lay within earshot of one another. … Continue reading

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The Unlucky Lost Order

Wilbur D. Jones, Jr., historian of the 27th Indiana Infantry, claimed that the regiment’s discovery of a lost copy of Special Orders No. 191 in a field outside of Frederick, Maryland, 159 years ago today “is the capstone story of … Continue reading

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A Chronology of the Confederacy’s 1862 Counterstrokes

Several months ago, I crossed an item off my Civil War bucket list: visiting the Perryville battlefield. While at the visitor center, I watched a video which put the Confederate invasion of Kentucky into the larger context of the war. … Continue reading

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Antietam’s Lower Field Revisited Part III: A Flawed Advance

Part of a Series General McClellan assigned the Ninth Corps, on the army’s left flank, the role of seizing the Rohrbach Bridge and creating a diversion to support the main attack on the Confederates to the north. The unsupported Ninth … Continue reading

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Antietam’s Lower Field Revisited Part II: The Unsteady Ninth Corps at Antietam

The Ninth Corps had an odd relationship with the Army of the Potomac during the Civil War. Mirroring their involvement with the army was that of their best-known commander, Ambrose Burnside, who would eventually command the army, then serve with … Continue reading

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Stolen War Department Marker Recovered at Antietam

Emerging Civil War welcomes guest author Matthew Chilton… On February 22, 2021, I noticed a familiar  item – seemingly a ca. 1890’s War Department directional marker –  was being advertised for an upcoming estate sale at a local auction in … Continue reading

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