epa02683062 The US flag is seen in a row of unmarked graves from the the battle of Antietam, at the Antietam National Cemetery in Keedysville, Maryland, USA, 11 April 2011. More than a third of the 4,776 Union soldiers buried at the cemetery are unknown. 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 be | Location: KEEDYSVILLE, MARYLAND, UNITED STATES.
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