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RollTide1987
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On this date 157 years ago - the bloodiest single day in American history occurred
The Union Army of the Potomac (George B. McClellan commanding) faced off against the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia (Robert E. Lee commanding) at the Battle of Antietam. After 12 hours of brutal combat, more than 3,600 men were dead while another 19,000 had been wounded or captured. More American dead than Pearl Harbor, D-Day, and 9/11.

And the battle was a tactical draw.

Lee would leave the field and retreat back into Virginia the next evening, having lost 1/3 of his army in the fighting. The North would claim victory and Lincoln would announce his Emancipation Proclamation, turning the war into a conflict to end slavery once and for all.

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DustyDinkleman
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re: On this date 157 years ago - the bloodiest single day in American history occurred
Was just there. Walked inside that little white building in the picture


Wolfhound45
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re: On this date 157 years ago - the bloodiest single day in American history occurred
And Lincoln promptly fired McClellan.

Good stuff RT.


geauxtigers87
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re: On this date 157 years ago - the bloodiest single day in American history occurred
McClellan: the original cuck


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Big Scrub TX
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re: On this date 157 years ago - the bloodiest single day in American history occurred
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more than 3,600 men were dead
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More American dead than D-Day


I don't think that's right.


escatawpabuckeye
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re: On this date 157 years ago - the bloodiest single day in American history occurred
It’s a terrific place to visit for history fans. Very well preserved. Honorable tribute to the many fallen


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RollTide1987
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re: On this date 157 years ago - the bloodiest single day in American history occurred
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I don't think that's right.


That is correct. 2,500 Americans were killed on D-Day. 3,600 Americans were killed at Antietam.


Kafka
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re: On this date 157 years ago - the bloodiest single day in American history occurred
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the bloodiest single day in American history
the WNBA synched?


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Malik Agar
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patnuh
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re: On this date 157 years ago - the bloodiest single day in American history occurred
Fairly amazing considering the firepower of the Germans vs those of the civil war, even if the numbers are doubled due to combining north and south.


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ForLSU56
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re: On this date 157 years ago - the bloodiest single day in American history occurred
I think the confusion comes from...for "modern" battles (WWI, WWII, etc) you hear the word "casualties" which is used as the number of killed, wounded and MIA and some think that is the number for KIA only.


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Sampson
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re: On this date 157 years ago - the bloodiest single day in American history occurred


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FightinTigersDammit
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re: On this date 157 years ago - the bloodiest single day in American history occurred
You fought all the way, Johnny Reb.


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biglego
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re: On this date 157 years ago - the bloodiest single day in American history occurred
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Was just there. Walked inside that little white building in the picture


It could’ve bee...nvm


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Cold Drink
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re: On this date 157 years ago - the bloodiest single day in American history occurred
Not to derail, but it really puts into perspective some of the horrific battles of WW1. The British lost nearly 20,000 in a single day. The French lost over 27,000 on a single day


Loup
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re: On this date 157 years ago - the bloodiest single day in American history occurred
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Emancipation Proclamation, turning the war into a conflict to end slavery once and for all in Confederate states


Fixed. Slavery wasnt completely ended until January of 1865.


Kcrad
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re: On this date 157 years ago - the bloodiest single day in American history occurred
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Was just there. Walked inside that little white building in the picture



Neat, I don't think the structure is original.


dcbl
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RollTide1987
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re: On this date 157 years ago - the bloodiest single day in American history occurred
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Slavery wasnt completely ended until January of 1865.


That's not what I said nor meant.


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TejasHorn
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re: On this date 157 years ago - the bloodiest single day in American history occurred
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Not to derail, but it really puts into perspective some of the horrific battles of WW1. The British lost nearly 20,000 in a single day. The French lost over 27,000 on a single day


It's really unfathomable to think about. How towns in England, France, and Germany lost their entire population of young men on a single charge.

WW1 really was a perfect storm of modernized firepower vs. outdated tactics.


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