Remembering our American history at the Antietam
National Battlefield. The site of the bloodest day in Amercian
history. 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after twelve hours
of combat on September 17, 1862. The Battle of Antietam ended the Confederate
Army of Northern Virginiaís first invasion into the North and led to Abraham
Lincolnís issuance of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.