1862 Confederate forces went on the offensive
people in the British Government were ready to recognize the Confederacy as an independent nation.
were waiting to see if Lee could win a major victory on Union Soil
crossed into Maryland with 40,000 troops
Forces lost track of the Confederate Army for four days
they came across a copy of Lee’s battle plans wrapped around a pack of cigars
used this information to launch a counterattack at Antietam Creek Maryland
became the single bloodiest day in U.S. Military history, with 25,000 combined casualties
Lee retreated back across the Potomac into Virginia giving the Union army a strategic victory.
was again relieved by Lincoln for allowing Lee to escape
victory nonetheless raised Northern morale and gave hope that Gen. Lee could be defeated.
also cost the South any hope of support from European Countries.