Category Archives: Maryland Campaign 1862

“a sad peace-offering for us all”

From Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant (in chapters 66 and 67): The head of Lee’s column came marching up there [near Appomattox Station] on the morning of the 9th, not dreaming, I suppose, that there were any Union soldiers near. … Continue reading

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“Three cheers for the hope of America”

President Lincoln stopped in Frederick, Maryland on his way back to the nation’s capital after vising General McClellan and the Army of the Potomac at Antietam. Our correspondent saw the brief storm that hit Frederick during the president’s visit as … Continue reading

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Indiana Brothers

According to 14th Indiana Volunteers Phillip Letsinger was killed at Antietam.

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Report from Company A

150 years ago today George M. Guion wrote a report for his hometown newspaper about the casualties his unit suffered during the Battle of Antietam. From a Seneca County, New York newspaper in 1862: Letter from Captain Guion. BATTLEFIELD OF … Continue reading

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Confederate Thanksgiving

Without a telegraph connection it took a long time for news to travel 150 years ago. I did not see an “extra”; there was not much accurate news about the Battle of Antietam in the Dispatch for a few days … Continue reading

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Heroically Caring for the Wounded

During the Battle of Antietam the 33rd New York Infantry fought as part of William H. Irwin’s brigade, Baldy Smith’s division, William B. Franklin’s corps. According to Colonel Irwin’s report his brigade began fighting at about 10 AM in support … Continue reading

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Bucktail Idol

150 years ago today George McClellan ordered Joseph Hooker’s corps of the Union Army of the Potomac to cross Antietam Creek at the north bridge near Sharpsburg, Maryland, where the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia was congregating. There was little … Continue reading

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No Pressure

Just save the American republic and millions yet to be born From the Richmond Daily Dispatch September 16, 1862: The young Napoleon Redivivus. McClellan, like the straw to the drawing man, is again important at the North. The Herald, of … Continue reading

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“like the Pope’s bull against the comet!”

In this letter dated 150 years ago yesterday President Lincoln admits to some religious folk from Chicago that the question of proclaiming liberty to the slaves “is on my mind, by day and night, more than any other.” But he … Continue reading

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“The hour of Maryland’s deliverance”

And time for a little retaliation The Richmond editors are rallying the citizens to support the Confederate armies as they move to the offensive. I like the image of the Union army being like an eternal tide that advances into … Continue reading

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