Docstoc

The Battle of Antietam - Download as PowerPoint

Document Sample
The Battle of Antietam - Download as PowerPoint Powered By Docstoc
					THE BATTLE OF ANTIETAM




   Presented by
   Alex Peyton
   Sam Miller
   George Boulos
What events led to the
battle of Antietam
  The battle began on September 17.
  The Union began an artillery barrage on the
   center of the Confederates' position
  Northern soldiers then advanced towards the
   Confederates' left flank
  As the Federals crossed a cornfield, Confederate
   infantry rose up and surprised the Northerners
  McClellan ordered his infantry to withdraw and
   directed the Northern artillery to fire on the
   cornfield
When/Where did this battle
occur?
• September 17, 1862
• Near Sharpsburg, Maryland, and Antietam creek
• As part of the Maryland Campaign, was the first
  major battle in the American Civil War to take
  place on Northern soil.
Was this battle considered to
be a major turning point in the
war?

  Yes, it was one major turning point in the war

  It ended Robert E Lee’s invasion in Maryland


  They barely escaped the battle without
   defeat.
The prominent generals

 Confederate generals
   Robert E Lee
   James Longstreet
 Union Generals
   George B McClellan
   Joseph Hooker
What were the primary
objectives of the battle?


 Union Army
   Protect the capital
 Robert E lee (The confederate side)
   To recruit troops so they could win the war
How the battle affected the
lives of civilians in the area?

 Everybody was dedicated to helping the
  soldiers
 Provided
   food
   Shelter
   Health/medical help
 They would amputate the appendages and
  throw them out like old garbage
 It was a bloody time and everyone had a job
  to do
  The new weapons were used in
  this battle

 Mostly single fire guns such as muskets
 1842 Springfield (Sniper rifle)
 Enfield Rifle
 Richmond Musket
 Sharps Rifle
 Springfield Rifle-Musket
 How did Bloody Lane earn its
 name?
 The North Carolina, held the Confederate
  right flank.
 The Mississippians flowed into and through
  the lane in a counter attack only to be badly
  mauled by the newly arrived Irish Brigade
 The Irish Brigade filled the void left by West
  Virginia and stabilized the union left flank
 At this point it became a contest of attrition
  and the Confederate position began to earn
  it’s dreadful name - “Bloody Lane.”
The battle casualties   for each
side?

Union
   12,401 Men




Confederate
   10,316 Men

				
DOCUMENT INFO
Shared By:
Categories:
Tags:
Stats:
views:51
posted:8/20/2012
language:English
pages:10