Battle of Antietam Lithograph

Description
Physical Description
Lithographic print.
General History
General Robert E. Lee’s first invasion of the North culminated in the Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest single-day battle in American history. More soldiers were killed or wounded at Antietam than all the American dead in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War and the Spanish-American War combined. On September 17, 1862, General Robert E. Lee and 30,000 Confederate troops faced Major General George McClellan and 60,000 Union troops. It should have been a clear victory for McClellan, especially since his army had captured Lee’s Special Order No. 191 which directed Stonewall Jackson to march on Harpers Ferry. McClellan failed to use this information wisely, choosing instead to remain cautious. Jackson took Harpers Ferry and moved his 45,000 troops on to Antietam to reinforce Lee’s troops. McClellan was recalled to Washington and was relieved of his command.
date made
1888
maker
Kurz & Allison-Art Studio
depicted
United States: Maryland, Antietam
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 22 1/4 in x 28 1/4 in; 56.515 cm x 71.755 cm
ID Number
AF.58125
accession number
204114
catalog number
58125
Credit Line
Dr. J. William Hinton
subject
Civil War
related event
Battle of Antietam, 1862
Civil War
Civil War and Reconstruction
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Exhibition
The Price of Freedom: Americans at War
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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