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Battle of Antietam

The bloodiest single day in American history, the Battle of Antietam was fought near Sharpsburg, Maryland on September 17, 1862. Though the fighting ended in a draw, the Confederate retreat was seized upon as a Union victory, enabling Abraham Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation. The Confederacy’s failure to invade the North also issued a severe political cost. Lacking confidence in General Robert E. Lee’s troops, Great Britain postponed its recognition of the Confederate Government, which severely hampered the Rebels’ war effort.

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