epa02683042 Cannons are seen at the site of the Union's final attack on Confederate General Robert E. Lee's forces during the battle of Antietam, at Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, Maryland, USA, 11 April 2011. The twelve-hour battle of Antietam on 17 September 1862, between Union and Confederate armies, was the bloodiest one-day battle in American history. Of nearly 100,000 soldiers engaged in the battle, about 23,000 were killed, wounded or missing. Six Brigadier and Major Generals were killed or mortally wounded. One soldier described the battle of Antietam as 'an afternoon in the valley of death'. President Abraham Lincoln presented a draft of the Emancipation Proclamation to Congress five days later, although scholars still debate who won the battle of Antietam. The 150th anniversary, or Sesquicentennial, of the beginning of the Civil War is obs
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