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Battle of Antietam
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bloodiest single day battle in U.S. military history (23,000 fatalities); first battle of the American Civil War that was fought in the north (1862)
  • He drove his Bronco in pitch darkness across the Potomac and through Antietam National Battlefield, a broad ridge of cornfields and farmland scattered with stone monuments to the dead.
    p. 211.5
  • Some of the most brutal combat in history had occurred in the rolling country around Catoctin Mountain: at the cornfield at Antietam, where every individual stalk of corn had been slashed away by bullets, and where the bodies had lain so thick a person could walk on them from one end of the cornfield to the other.
    p. 236.7

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