Tag Archives: Battle of Antietam

Death at Antietam: Friends to the End

ECW welcomes back guest author Cal Schoonover… The Civil War impacted Wisconsin’s people from the beginning of the war until the end on April 9, 1865. Wisconsin had no shortage of volunteers during the early part of the war; however, … Continue reading

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The Hawkins’ Zouaves at Antietam

Emerging Civil War welcomes guest author Tyler Dicembrino… Miller’s Cornfield, Dunker Church, the Bloody Lane, West Woods, and the Burnside Bridge are all synonymous with the Battle of Antietam, but many forget the final assault on Harpers Ferry Road. It … Continue reading

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A Legacy of Freedom: Nimrod Burke Provides a Link Between Two Emancipations

Robert Carter III’s 1791 Deed of Gift, which gradually freed 452 of his enslaved laborers, was the largest private emancipation of slaves until the American Civil War. Some of the descendants of the enslaved men, women, and children freed by … Continue reading

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A Bridge for Whiskey: The 51st Pennsylvania and Its Famous Request Examined

It is one of Antietam’s most memorable stories. After two unsuccessful tries to seize the Lower Bridge, Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside turned to one of his 9th Corps brigade commanders Col. Edward Ferrero and—through an orderly—told him to “take the … Continue reading

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Christie, Cox, Crook, Confusion, and the Burnside Bridge

Sometimes, going down rabbit holes of research will lead you to unexpected places. Occasionally, they lead nowhere. But every once in a while, you get rewarded. Hence, the case of Lt. Samuel L. Christie of Jacob Cox’s staff during the … Continue reading

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Maj. Hilary Herbert’s Antietam After-Action Report

While the actions of Richard H. Anderson’s division on September 17, 1862 are generally known, pinning down specifics has always been difficult. Mostly, that is due to the fact that only one after-action report from the entire division (and it … Continue reading

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Antietam Anniversary in the Soldiers’ Words

At 7 a.m. every September 17, the National Park Service holds a program in David Miller’s cornfield, forever after immortalized as The Cornfield, to commemorate the opening of the Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest single day in American military history. … Continue reading

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“The Morrow Would Be a Day of Blood”: The Eve of the Battle of Antietam

The evening of September 16 always draws my mind to the Antietam battlefield. 158 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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Free ECW Podcast – Antietam: Into The Cornfield

Just in time to get ready for the battle anniversary…ECW gets into the weeds—and the cornstalks—talking about the battle of Antietam with Kevin Pawlak, Dan Vermilya, Kris White, and Chris Mackowski. Listen for free here on ECW’s Patreon account!

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Question of the Week: 9/14-9/20/20

What’s your favorite regiment that fought at the Battle of Antietam?

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