On September 17, 1862, George B. McClellan halts the northward drive of Robert E. Lee's Confederate army in the single-day Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest day in American history.

On September 17, 1862, George B. McClellan halts the northward drive of Robert E. Lee's Confederate army in the single-day Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest day in American history.

Timothy O'Sullivan (1840-1882) was a prolific and accomplished photographer of the Civil War. In 1862, he photographed the coastal battles in South Carolina and Georgia, the first successful chronicler of a military campaign. For a time he worked for Brady, and O'Sullivan also took photographs at Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and Spotsylvania.

Timothy O'Sullivan (1840-1882) was a prolific and accomplished photographer of the Civil War. In 1862, he photographed the coastal battles in South Carolina and Georgia, the first successful chronicler of a military campaign. For a time he worked for Brady, and O'Sullivan also took photographs at Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and Spotsylvania.

Civil War, [portrait of a gentleman after amputation]  via Flesh World, “Masterpieces of Medical Photography”

Civil War, [portrait of a gentleman after amputation] via Flesh World, “Masterpieces of Medical Photography”

Alexander Gardner's photo of the outcome for some soldiers during the battle at Gettysburg during the American Civil War.

Alexander Gardner's photo of the outcome for some soldiers during the battle at Gettysburg during the American Civil War.

Antietam, Battle of: soldiers and wagons crossing Antietam Bridge, 1862 [Credit: Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (digital file no. 3a48912)]

Antietam, Battle of: soldiers and wagons crossing Antietam Bridge, 1862 [Credit: Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (digital file no. 3a48912)]

30 Graphics That Explain the Last 100 Years. Great set of graphics to teach history with.

30 Graphics That Explain the Last 100 Years. Great set of graphics to teach history with.

"93rd New York Infantry at Antietam: Union troops gather near Sharpsburg, Maryland, on September 16, 1862, the day before the Battle of Antietam, which would become the bloodiest single day in American history. (Photo Credit: Library of Congress )."

"93rd New York Infantry at Antietam: Union troops gather near Sharpsburg, Maryland, on September 16, 1862, the day before the Battle of Antietam, which would become the bloodiest single day in American history. (Photo Credit: Library of Congress )."

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