Tuesday, April 23, 2013

What Was the Bloodiest Day of Battle In the Civil War?

The Battle of Antietam was the bloodiest day of battle during the Civil War. The battle raged on September 17, 1862. The battle took place in three different phases. Phase 1 consisted of fighting in the morning at Miller's (Bloody) Cornfield, Dunker Church and the West and East Woods. Phase 2 consisted of fighting at the Sunken Road that is now known as Bloody Lane. The third phase of battle consisted of a Federal advance at Burnside's Bridge and beyond, and the saving from capitulation of the Confederate army by A.P. Hill. The approximate number of casualties is between 22,000 and 23,000 for just the one day of bloody fighting at Antietam.