150th Anniversary Reenactment of the Civil War Battle of Antietam
epa03399204 Reenactors portraying Union troops prepare for battle during the 150th Anniversary Reenactment of the Civil War Battle of Antietam, at Legacy Manor Farm in Boonsboro, Maryland, USA, 15 September 2012. Reenactments are taking place at the farm all weekend ahead of the sesquicentennial of the historic day. The twelve-hour battle of Antietam, 17 September 1862, 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'. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS
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