|A Century Ago by Robert D.
|August-September 1862: Cedar Mountain,
Groveton, Second Manassas (Bull Run), Chantilly, Antietam (Sharpsburg),
Harpers Ferry, South Mountain, Clarendon, Iuka, Newtonia
Sharpsburg--Story of the Battle by Edward J. Stackpole
|Here, beside Antietam Creek on September
17, 1862, was fought the bloodiest single day's battle of the Civil
War. Here Robert E. Lee stood his ground against awesome odds but
lost a campaign. And here George B. McClellan muffed a chance to
end the war at a single stroke.
|Jackson's Capture of
Harpers Ferry by Robert D. Hoffsommer
|Once the Confederates got their 70 cannon
on the heights overlooking this strategic town, it was like 'shooting
fish in a barrel.' Dominated by Maryland Heights, Loudoun
Heights, and Bolivar Heights, Harpers Ferry was vulnerable when one or
more of these positions was occupied by the enemy. All three
heights were seized by Confederates under Jackson just before
Antietam. Some 11,500 Federals in Harpers Ferry surrendered on
September 15, 1862.
|The Battles of
South Mountain by Dwight E. Stinson, Jr.
|Lee had to hold the passes
of this range for one day to save his army from defeat in detail.
As a result, two small, but savage engagements (Crampton's Gap,
Turner's Gap) were fought in this little-known prelude to Antietam.
Invaded Maryland by L. VanLoan Naisawald
Another Major Victory...
|Letters & Diaries:
|Jed Hotchkiss, Confederate cartographer in
the Army of Northern Virginia's II Corps, covers the Antietam Campaign
in his diary.
|Lee's Lost Orders by
James V. Murfin
copy of Lee's detailed march instructions was found by the Federals and
turned over to McClellan. Who lost this top-secret
document? Why didn't McClellan move faster to take advantage of
the information it contained? The answers are still unknown.
|Profiles of Key
Commanders by Wilbur S. Nye
|George B. McClellan
Joseph K. F. Mansfield
Ambrose E. Burnside
George Gordon Meade
Robert E. Lee
Daniel Harvey Hill
Robert A. Toombs
Brought Mercy to Antietam by Jean G. O'Brien
|Clara Barton worked on
wounded soldiers at Antietaqm on her own initiative, trying to care for
the wounded until they could be properly looked after by army doctors
and with army supplies. What Barton found there dwarfed her
ability to help. Out of this experience came even larger numbers
of supplies, more helpers, and Barton's idea to found the American Red
Equipment: Signal Equipment by Dr. Francis A. Lord
|Signal flags, torches,
signal rockets, and other supplies were used extensively by the signal
units of both sides during the war.