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The bloodiest day

The Battle of Antietam, on Sept. 17, 1862, was the bloodiest day of combat in American history. On D-Day, U.S. forces suffered 5,200 casualties out of a force of 50,000, roughly 10 percent of those engaged. At Antietam the Union army lost 13,000 out of 73,000 (16.518 percent), and the Confederates 12,500 out of fewer than 40,000, or about 30 percent. The battle ended in stalemate, but became a technical ...

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  • Headline: The bloodiest day
  • Publication: Perspective, Pages 75 on 12/09/2012
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