From “Gardner's Photographic Sketchbook of the Civil War”: Antietam Bridge
On September 16, attempting to stop General Lee's push into the North, Major General McClellan met Lee's Army of Northern Virginia at Sharpsburg, Maryland. Attacks and counterattacks from the 16th to the 18th caused the bloodiest day in US military history with 23100 wounded and killed.
Although the Union was able to pierce a hole in the Confederates center line, General Hill arrived from Harper's Ferry with reinforcements, enabling Lee to battle the Union to a standstill. The battle was a strategic victory for the North, because it forced Lee to retreat into the Shenandoah Valley.
This photograph depicts the stone bridge over Antietam Creek. At one point in the action, Union General Burnside corps crossed over this bridge to attack the Confederate right flank. The photograph was taken after the battle.
Artist: Gardner, Alexander
Artist Dates: 1821-1882
Country/Culture: United States
Period: 19th century
Medium: albumen print on paper
Size: 18 x 23 cm
Museum: © Davis Art Images
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