"Sharpsburg Caught in the middle of War" Sharpsburg by Toughluck

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Sharpsburg is still a small town today. On a summer afternoon, it witnesses the influx of hundreds as it did on Sept. 17, 1862. Today, the influx is to remember and relive the events of that September day 140 years ago.

40,000 Confederate soldiers had been arriving since the night before, as they pulled back from South Mountain, 12 miles (19 km) to the east. There, on Sept 14, they had been stopped by Gen McClellan's Federal troops. Gen Lee's invasion of the north had been halted. With reinforcements from Gen 'Stonewall' Jacksons command, Lee established his position on the low ridge overlooking the north and south approaches to the town. This set the stage for the coming battle.

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For more sights to see at Antietam National Battlefield, see VT's Antietam page or My Antietam page

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  • Pros:A chance to witness the terrible times called war.
  • In a nutshell:A witness to what should never happen again
  • Last visit to Sharpsburg: Feb 2006
  • Intro Updated Feb 6, 2007
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  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    Feb 13, 2007 at 6:59 AM

    One of the saddest days in American history, and you're are right, it should "never happen again. It would not have happened in the first place if it had not been for Mr. Lincoln's lust for power.

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