What was important about the Antietam battle?
It was the bloodiest day of the Civil War and because Lee
Virginia the Union was considered the victor. Both France and England
had contemplated siding with the Confederates until this battle. After
the battle both nations withheld recognition of the South.
2,108 Union troops were killed and 9,549 were wounded. The South
lost about 2,700 killed and 9,029 wounded. Two things followed the battle on 17 September 1862 which may have
had long term significance to the outcome of the Civil War. President
Lincoln was able to release the Emancipation Proclamation and England
and France failed to side with the Confederate States.
The Battle of Antietam was an important battle in the US Civil War. Even though Lee had to retreat, the battle was a technical draw. The battle was important for other reasons as well, however, the main importance of the battle was to show the North that it could be invaded by a smaller army than the Union fielded during the battle. The so-called avenue of the Emancipation Proclamation was really a side issue in…
There is no question that the three day battle of Gettysburg caused more total casualties than the one day Battle of Antietam. The casualty count varies, as one can understand that record keeping in those days of war could never be exact, and add to that the unknown number of deserters. Generally speaking, however, Union war records are more reliable concerning their own troops. Records kept in Richmond for troop casualties are not as reliable…
The Union's victory at Antietam, was an important defeat, which President Lincoln needed, in order to issue the first portion of the Emancipation Proclamation, so that it would have an affect, and impact on the south. The battle of Antietam ended in the Union's victory on September 18, 1862, and the draft issue of the Emancipation Proclamation was issued on September 22, 1862.