Battle of Antietam

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The Battle of Antietam
On September 17, 1862 Robert E. Lee’s Army invaded the north to stage a devastating attack in an effort to try to end the civil war. The Battle of Antietam resulted and changed the nature of the war because it put the Union Army on a path towards victory. The Battle of Antietam, which is sometimes referred to as the Battle of Sharpsburg, is commonly referred to as one of the bloodiest battles of the American Civil War. This battle’s name was derived from the area in which it was fought; around the areas of Sharpsburg, Maryland, and Antietam Creek. As a youth I saw a movie based on this battle and was not even aware of it was based on actual events. I watched this movie again recently in an attempt to gain further knowledge about this specific battle. The 1989 Movie Glory, was based on the first formal unit of the Army that was comprised of only African American men. This movie was told from the point of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, its commanding officer during the American Civil War.
The Battle of Antietam was one of the most critical battles of the war because the battle had large implications for ending the war. Robert E. Lee was on a roll coming into this battle because he had defeated the Union Armies the summer prior to Antietam. Although Lee’s Army successful coming into this battle, his army was outnumbered and was not supplied properly as compared to the north. It was only a matter of time before the resources that the union army had would begin to make up for the somewhat incompetent union soldiers. Lee’s army was in their poorest conditions despite their victories because of their lack of supplies. Therefore, the soldiers were hungry and improperly clothed from months and months of foot marching. The lacks of supplies to Lee’s army lead to thousands of Lee’s soldiers to desert the army prior to the battle of Antietam.…...

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