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General Overview of Maryland history and historical events.
When you walk the silent Antietam Battlefield in the cool of early morning with the mist undulating in the hollows of West Wood, they are there-the ghosts of the generals and the 26,000 young Americans who died on the day one of them said was so long that "the sun moved backwards." Putting the battle into historical perspective, historian William Brown brings the massive battle to life, explaining how the muskets and field cannons worked, what the men wore, and what the battle was like for the ordinary soldier.
It has been called the battle that McClellan could not lose and Lee could not win as union forces engaged numbered almost twice that of the confederates. Although this bloodiest day of fighting produced no decisive victor, the battle’s impact on the course of the American Civil War and the very reasons for fighting it would be changed forever.