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"The General Result Was In Our Favor": The Army of Potomac's Victory at Antietam

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Fortunately, for the sake of debate, the outcome of Civil War battles is not as clear-cut as that of a football game, where one can look at the scoreboard at the end of the game and easily determine who won, who lost, or, in some cases, if the outcome was a draw. 2,542 more words

Battlefields & Historic Places

Lincoln Removes McClellan

November 5, 1862 – The day after the Federal midterm elections, President Abraham Lincoln issued orders removing Major General George B. McClellan as commander of the Army of the Potomac. 927 more words


Grant Takes Western Command

October 16, 1863 – The Lincoln administration ordered Major General Ulysses S. Grant to travel to Louisville, where he would take command of the new Military Division of the Mississippi. 913 more words


The Battle of Antietam

September 17, 1862 – The bloodiest day in American history occurred as the armies of Robert E. Lee and George B. McClellan fought to a standoff near Sharpsburg, Maryland along Antietam Creek. 1,268 more words


The Battle of South Mountain

September 14, 1862 – A portion of General Robert E. Lee’s Confederate Army of Northern Virginia defended key mountain passes in Maryland against Major General George B. 1,010 more words


The Battle of the Crater

July 30, 1864 – An ill-fated plan to detonate gunpowder under the Confederate trenches at Petersburg, Virginia resulted in a disastrous Federal defeat.

Shortly after the Federal Army of the Potomac encircled Petersburg in late June 1864, Lieutenant Colonel Henry Pleasants of the 48th Pennsylvania approached the Federal high command with a plan: Pleasants’s troops, mostly anthracite coal miners from Schuylkill County, would tunnel under the Confederate defenses and detonate four tons of gunpowder. 1,297 more words


The Chicago Times Suppression

June 1, 1863 – Major General Ambrose Burnside responded to administration criticism of Clement Vallandigham’s arrest and conviction last month by closing the Chicago Times… 466 more words