Death in September: The Antietam Campaign

Death in September: The Antietam Campaign

Death in September: The Antietam Campaign

Death in September: The Antietam Campaign

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Many years after the Civil War, Southerners draped General Robert E. Lee's soldiers in the golden mantle of the Lost Cause, making them into a nearly invincible legion. On September 4, 1862, when the Army of Northern Virginia began wading the Potomac River, the reality of the present sharply contrasted with the myth of the future. On that Thursday, Lee led a collection of dirty, ill clothed, hungry, and battle worn young men.

Marylanders were not impressed with the military bearing of the Southerners who marched through their villages and towns during September 1862. After the Civil War, a Shepherdstown woman who had spent four years watching both Federals and Confederates pass through her region candidly described the Rebel foot soldiers she saw that month. "When I say they were hungry," she recounted, "I convey no . . .

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