2206 Bloody Antietam

“The Battle of Antietam Creek as it was known to the Union, or the Battle of Sharpsburg as it was known to the Confederate States, was fought on the 17th of September 1862 and became the most costly one-day battle of the American Civil War.  The battle claimed nearly 23,000 casualties including 6 generals in a protracted 4 year civil war the would go on to cost over 600,000 lives.  While the official death toll for the battle stands at nearly 4,000, in actual fact, the true death toll is closer to 9,000 as many men who were marked down as wounded on the field of battle would later die in hospitals, some even months after the battle.”

This episode was written by Sam deTurberville

Sam is a 22 year old from Ireland with a BA in Marketing. His true passion lies in history and ranges from the Phoenicians to the Normans and the War of Austrian Succession to the American Civil War. He does however have a particular interest in Irish regiments in foreign armies and he hopes to write more podcasts for us in the future.

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There are 2 comments

  1. Michael Miller

    Thank you for the interesting podcast, and the many previous! I must however point out that there seem to have been some erroneous info regarding the run-up to Antietam. First, George McClellan was only reappointed to command of the Army of the Potomac on September 2, 1862 after John Pope’s terrible performance at Second Bull Run/Manassas. Dates also appear to refer to the campaign beginning in June, which is of course impossible.

    Thanks again, and cheers!

  2. admin

    Mike,

    Thanks… Sorry about that we do try and get things right but things do slip through the cracks… We’ll get it corrected.

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