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Sept 17, 1862

The bloodiest day in American History. Union General McCellan squandered an historic opportunity to smash the confederate army on the north bank of the Potomac near the town of Sharpsburg, MD. McCellan's forces outnumbered Lee nearly two-to-one and he had vital intelligence, via the "lost order", that Lee's army was not all present. Yet, Lee and his hardened vertarans fought the union to a bloody, tactical draw.

Nonetheless, Lee retreated back to Virginia two days later granting the Union a great strategic victory. This enabled Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing all southern slaves and ending any chance that Europe would enter the war on the rebel side.


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Capt Griswold of the 11th CT was the only member of his regiment to wade across the river in the first attempt on the bridge. Severely wounded in the attempt, he bleed to death at that spot.

Capt Allenbaugh leads the color guard of the 51st PA across Burnside Bridge.

Col Potter, commander of the 51st NY jumped on the parapet of the bridge to exhort his men on.

The 51st PA had three flags in its color guard at Antietam. Remnants of all three survived. The model flags here show them as they were at the battle.

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The Sunken Lane Diorama was a club project of the NCMMSS. I took these photos at their 2002 September Show.

Confederate General Gordan commanded the rebel troops in this area. He was severely wounded but survived the war.

The background is an actual view of the area near the Sunken Lane.

Smoke and dust added with Photoshop. The model was in a glass case that made photography difficult.