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150 years since Antietam

September 16, 2012

22,717 killed, wounded, or missing after one day of vicious battle – the bloodiest day in the history of the United States.

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Lincoln at Antietam.

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“Bloody Lane”

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Casualties near the church of the pacifist Dunker sect (Sharpsburg, Maryland)

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First page of Emancipation Proclamation.  According to Richard Sltokin’s Long Road to Antietam, the Union victory at Antietam created the political climate that allowed Lincoln to issue the Proclamation.

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  1. September 17, 2012 11:32 am

    Lincoln had drawn up the Emancipation Proclamation months before the battle of Antietam, but it waited in a desk drawer for a victory that could legitimize the edict in the eyes of the president’s opponents. As Lincoln put it, “I don’t want to issue a document the whole world will see must necessarily be inoperative, like the Pope’s bull against the comet!”

    http://www.salon.com/2002/09/17/mcpherson/

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