From Antietam to Chancellorsville: September 1862 to May 1863
Battle of Antietam
What was the scene like toward the end of the day?
The day, in the opinion of most of the participants, had gone on far too long. There was something eerie, too, in the reddish quality to the last sunlight of September 17, 1862. Even those who had fought in the worst of it, however, did not fully recognize the awful toll until days later. The Battle of Antietam, or Sharpsburg, was the single bloodiest day in American history.