By Baldmichael Theresoluteprotector’sson
17th September, 2022
Minor amendment 18th September, 2022 for error in photo of Dunker church.
I thought I ought to cover this American Civil War battle (ACW) due to its significance and bearing in mind the upcoming midterm elections in the USA. As I have said, the USA follows a timeline similar to the ACW, only 160 years ago making it 1862.
It might prove relevant to what is going on in the US right now. There is often more truth from the past relevant to the present than meets the eye. After all, history repeats itself; nobody listens (except a few).
This is what the online Encyclopaedia Britannia says.
Battle of Antietam, also called Battle of Sharpsburg, (September 17, 1862), in the American Civil War (1861–65), a decisive engagement that halted the Confederate invasion of Maryland, an advance that was regarded as one of the greatest Confederate threats to Washington, D.C. The Union name for the battle is derived from Antietam Creek, which flows south from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to the Potomac River near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. In the South the encounter was referred to as the Battle of Sharpsburg because the main fighting took place near the town of that name. (Civil War battles often had one name in the North, which was usually associated with a prominent nearby physical feature, and another in the South, which was usually derived from the town or city closest to the battlefield.)
I intend to use the article as a basis for my usual quirky take on battles. I may well use the Wikipedia article too, but it does have a lot of detail and I would like to keep my post reasonably concise.
As I say at the start of these types of posts, please note I do not intend any disrespect to those who died or fought, merely to show the absurdity of war, how mad things can be, even if it is only how one can use language. After all, it is propaganda and morale that count most to win battles and wars, especially wars of words.
Here the Wikipedia link
And here’s a link which sets out the relative significance of each battle in the ACW.
Text in italics from Britannia link unless otherwise stated. If you want to try and understand what on earth I am talking about you can read it first. Images from Wikipedia.
The battle of Antietam, or aunty Tam as it was more commonly known was fought in Maryland where the cookies come from. There was also an uncle Tam too. He was written about by Harry-ate Beecher Stove I believe. The book was, I think, Uncle Tam’s Cabinet.
For more information on two Tams see Post Script (P.S.).
Lee’s invasion of Maryland
Following the defeat of Union Gen. John Pope’s Army of Virginia at the Second Battle of Bull Run, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee crossed the Potomac and moved into Maryland, occupying Frederick on September 7. Lee’s invasion was carried out partly to “shift the burden of military occupation from Confederate to Federal soil,” but he also held some hope of capturing the Federal capital of Washington to the southeast. Beyond the immediate military objectives, Lee had concrete political goals: to influence the approaching Congressional elections in the North, to impress Europe with a sense of Southern military power, and to detach Maryland—a slave state that had rejected secession—from the Union.
Following the de-feeting of the Onion Pope’s army of virgins at the Second Battle of the Bull with the Runs, Confecterate general Roberty Lee crossed the potty mac and moved into Maryland. This was not potty but a sensible move to him as he fancied some cookies from Maryland and fancied a change from the Onions stores he had at the earlier battle. See Battle of the Second Bull Run post, link at end.
He occupied Frederick on September 7th, but what with we are not told, and we don’t know Frederick’s sirname.
The invasion was, I understand, carried out partly to “shift the burden of military occupation from Confederate to Federal soil,” as well as the hope that his farces would capture the Feral capital of Washing Tun.
Somewhat like the Democrats today trying to pin the blame for everything on Donald Trump and MAGA supporters.
Lee did have concrete political goals. This was fine as long as you kicked your balls between the posts, but whilst wooden goals would still give you a very nasty headache if you hit your head against them, concrete ones are even more painful.
Anyway, as you can see from the Britannia text, these goals included “to influence the approaching Congressional elections in the North, to impress Europe with a sense of Southern military power.”
Now it should not be rocket science to make the link with the upcoming midterms in November in the USA. As to impressing Europe, well from my perspective on current form, the Democrats are scoring some impressive own goals. Including that awful Joe Biden speech on the 1st September.
Finding his line of communications up the Shenandoah Valley threatened by a strong Union garrison at Harpers Ferry, on September 9 Lee issued Special Order 191, in which he detailed the division and disposition of forces for the campaign ahead. Gen. Thomas (“Stonewall”) Jackson would lead one of three columns that were tasked with the capture of Harpers Ferry, while the remainder of Lee’s forces would advance to Boonsboro, Maryland, behind South Mountain, a ridge that ran parallel to Antietam Creek. Once the Union force at Harpers Ferry had been neutralized, Lee proposed to reunite his army and invade Pennsylvania.
Finding his line of communist nations up the She ‘Nan’ Doer Valet threatened by a strong Onion Gary’s son at Herpes Fairy, on September 9th Lee issued a Special Hors d’oeuvre where he detailed the disposition of farces for the camp pain (known as LGBTQ+) ahead when he expected a lot of paign and suffering.
Tom-arse ‘Stonewall’ Jacks’ son (Stonewall being part of the camp pain or LGBTQ+) would lead one of three columns to capture the Herpes Fairy (who was possibly LGBTQ+), whilst the remainder would advance to Boonsborrow where he could borrow a boon which would be a good thing of course. This lay behind a mountain and parallel to Aunty Tam’s Greek, who was a friend of hers.
Once the Onion farce at Herpes Fairy had neutral eyes, Lee would re-unit his army and invade Pencil-Van-Hire.
Within days of the Union disaster at Second Bull Run, U.S. Pres. Abraham Lincoln sacked Pope and placed Gen. George B. McClellan in command of all Union forces in Washington. McClellan took the field on September 7, and, not knowing what Lee’s next move might be, he advanced with characteristic slowness. During this time Lee again divided his army, and on September 11 he and Lieut. Gen. James Longstreet occupied Hagerstown, Maryland, a city just 5 miles (8 km) south of the Mason-Dixon Line. The stubborn Federal garrison at Harpers Ferry bought McClellan additional time, however, delaying the bulk of the Army of Northern Virginia for several days longer than had been budgeted in Lee’s timetable. Already sensing that his invasion plan had gone awry, Lee began to withdraw to the south. Confederate scouts had observed massive columns of Federal infantry on the move, and Lee ordered Maj. Gen. D.H. Hill to guard the passes at South Mountain. If McClellan could drive through these passes before Lee could reunite his army, the Army of Northern Virginia could be destroyed in detail. On September 13 Federal troops moved into Frederick, and members of the 27th Indiana infantry regiment recovered a copy of Lee’s Special Order 191 wrapped around a bundle of cigars. Although the “Lost Orders” were four days old, McClellan felt emboldened enough to remark, “Here is a paper with which, if I cannot whip Bobby Lee, I will be willing to go home.”
Within days of the Onion disaster at Second Bull Run when the Onion lost all its onions (how could they make soup for example, nothing souper about that), the A-bra-ham Lyn-Con gave the Pope the sack. This was, as referred to elsewhere, because he wasn’t infalla-bull after all.
He placed Gorge Bee ‘Mac’ Clellan in command of all the Onion farces in Washing-tun. ‘Mac’ Clellan took the field in September 7th, and not knowing what Roberty Lee’s next move might be, he advanced with a char asterix sloe ness.
What he expected I don’t know, but if you will take the field, especially if it is ploughed, this will slow you right down as fields weigh a lot believe me.
Here’s a picture of him. He has his hand in his jacket as Napoleon is sometimes portrayed. The Pope’s picture in the Battle of the Second Bull Run was the same. Mmm…
During this time, Lee again divided his army, and on the 11th September, or 9/11 as it became known, he and the Long Street occupied a Hag in a Town. Witch doesn’t seem like a good thing to me.
The town lay 5 Miles south of Ma’s son and Dick’s son’s line, two sons who walked the line according to John E. Cash before he went card only.
However, the stubborn Feral Gary’s son defence of Herpes Fairy had bought more thyme for the Onions , delaying the bulk of the Army of the Northern Virgins for several days longer than Bud-get Ted in Lee’s time’s table.
Sensing that his planes had gone a rye, Lee took his draws to the South. Confecterate scuts had observed mass sieve col-hums of Feral infant trees on the move. What they were humming we don’t know, but hazarding a guess probably ‘John Brown’s body’.
An updated version is available with lyrics.
Lee hors d’oeuvred D.H. Hill to gourd the passes at South Mountain. I am not sure that using a hill to protect the passes is necessary as they are already in the mountain.
Perhaps these were the equivalent of vaccine passes, pointless when you can go round the back. Or indeed make a South Mountain out of De (Mole) Hill.
Anyway, apparently if ‘Mac’ Clellan could drive through these passes before Lee could re you-knight his army, the Army of Northern Virgins would be Des Troyed in detail.
In September, 13 Feral tropes moved into Frederick who gave members of the Indy Anna Reg E Ment of Lee’s special order 191 at the local burger bar which was wrapped round a bundle of cigars.
In the UK we used to use old newspapers, but in the US they do things different. Though why cigars, not the burger and fries, beats me.
The last orders were 4 days old, so maybe it was just as well it wasn’t burger and fries as they would be rather suspect.
I gather ‘Mac’ Clellan was emboldened to remark “Here is a paper witch and if I cannot whip Bobby Lee, I will be willing to go to Homer”. This is understood to mean that if he didn’t have the intelligence and wisdom to beat Lee, he would be as dumb as Homer Simpson. Or if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em (the terminally dim that is).
On September 14 McClellan’s army struck the passes at South Mountain. The Battle of South Mountain was a convincing Union victory, but the Confederate defenders managed to delay the Union advance long enough for Lee to begin the consolidation of his scattered forces. On the morning of September 15, the 12,000 beleaguered defenders of Harpers Ferry finally capitulated. At the cost of fewer than 300 Confederate casualties, Jackson had won one of the great unheralded victories of the American Civil War. Leaving Maj. Gen. A.P. Hill to complete the surrender arrangements, Jackson, with two divisions, hastened back to the new Confederate defensive line at Antietam Creek. McClellan’s forces streamed through the South Mountain passes to find Lee’s army, which numbered perhaps 11,000 men on the afternoon of September 15, occupying the heights north of Sharpsburg. McClellan had estimated that total Confederate strength in the area amounted to “not less than 120,000 men”—an estimate that more than doubled Lee’s actual strength—and he spent September 16 engaging in reconnaissance of the Confederate positions. Jackson, by way of an overnight forced march, reached Sharpsburg on the afternoon of September 16, effectively doubling Lee’s strength. Late in the day, elements of Union Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker’s I Corps crossed the upper Antietam on the Confederate left. There a brief but sharp skirmish erupted with Jackson’s men, but night soon put an end to the contest.
On September 14th, ‘Mac’ Clellan’s army struck the passes which was a convincing Onion victory. So hope yet for the final removal of the silly idea of vaccine passes or passports then.
However, the Confecterate defenders managed to delay the Onion advance long enough for Lee to begin the con-soiled-ation of his scattered farces who had gotten rather grimy on the road.
On the morning of September 15th, the 12,000 bee-laagered defenders of Herpes fairy final cap-it-you-late Ted, as Ted was too late to save them and they had to remove their caps. These were nightcaps as they had just woken up in the morning of course.
At the cost of only 300 Confecterate casual ties (neck scarfs), Jack’s son had one won of the grate un-her-Aldi’d Vic-Tories of the A-merry-Can Seville Whore.
Leaving Ape Hill to arrange the Sir Render arraignments (the Hill said in effect the Mountain is yours, you can keep it), Jack’s son, with 2 Di Visions has-ten-Ed back to the new Confecterate de-fence line at Aunty Tam’s Greek. Here he built his stone wall as he usually did on de-fence (a stone wall is stronger than a fence obviously).
‘Mac’ Clellan farces streamed through the passes using online streaming services to find Lee’s army, which numbed perhaps 11,000 men on the afternoon of the 15th September, och-you-pie-ing the heights north of Sharp’s burger.
‘Mac’ Clellan had estimated that total Confecterate strength in the area amounted to “not less than 120,000 men”, an estimate that more than dub-balled Lee’s actual strength.
This proving what a silly burger (sic) he was.
He spent the 16th September N-gauging in recon-nay-sense of the Confecterate positions. I say ‘nay sense’ as the Wikipedia article states Although an immediate Union attack on the morning of September 16 would have had an overwhelming advantage in numbers,…
So as I say, what a silly burger (sic).
Jack’s son by way of an over knight farced morch (or vice versa), reached the Sharp’s burger on the afternoon of the 16th, effectively Dublin Lee’s strength.
Late in the day, elephants of the Onion Hooker Eye Corpse (these entered the prospective battlefield by the trunk road of course) crossed the Up-her Aunty Tam on the Confecterate left.
There was a brief but sharp s-cur-mesh or dog fight over Aunty Tam’s briefs which were drying in the afternoon son, but a knight soon put an end to the contest. After all, trying to take your aunt’s briefs is a very un-gentlemanly thing to do.
Who the gallant knight was we don’t know. It has been suggested it was Sir Cwm Stancis. Sir Cwm Stancis always gets in the way of things.
As this site indicates.
‘You can blame circumstances, but backsliding always begins in the heart.’
Aiden Wilson Tozer
‘Circumstances are beyond human control, but our conduct is in our own power.’
‘Circumstances in the world of politics contribute substantially to whether or not you can be successful.’
The Civil War’s bloodiest day
On September 17, 1862, the Army of Northern Virginia occupied a position which, in relation to the surrounding country, could be compared to the string of a bow in the act of being drawn. Lee’s left wing, commanded by Jackson, formed the upper half of the string and his right, commanded by Longstreet, the lower. The Potomac, at his rear, was the bow itself. The town of Sharpsburg represented the fingers of the archer drawing the bow. The right wing of the position was covered by the Antietam as it approached the Potomac, and the upper course of that stream formed no part of the battlefield. A.P. Hill’s division had remained at Harpers Ferry, but on the morning of the 17th Hill received orders to rejoin Lee with all haste. The Union II Corps (under Maj. Gen. Edwin Sumner) and XII Corps (under Maj. Gen. Joseph Mansfield) followed Hooker across the upper stream while McClellan’s left wing (Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside’s IX corps) drew up opposite Lee’s extreme right. McClellan, fearing a counterattack from a phantom Confederate juggernaut, intended to hold back his centre while pressuring Lee’s flanks. In practice, McClellan’s piecemeal commitment of forces negated his own overwhelming numerical superiority.
By Map by Hal Jespersen, http://www.posix.com/CW, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1952347
On September 17th, the Army of Northern Virgins occupied a Position Witch, in relation to Sir Round Inck Untree, could be compered to the string of a beau in the act of being drawn. That beau is Sir Round Inck Untree having his portrait done.
Sir Round Inck Untree often casts a spell on you which is due to the Position Witch referred to earlier.
To return to the story, Lee’s left wing, commanded by ‘Stonewall’ Jack’s son (Stonewall is essentially left wing of course) formed the upper half of the string. His right, not just to bear arms, was commanded by the Long Street forming the lower.
The Potty Mac at his rear, was the beau itself.
Or put another way, the string was a ‘G’ string round his rear, and it you are going to have a potty or chamber pot, best place it at the rear or bottom. If you do not understand this by now then you are clearly not potty trained.
The town of Sharp’s burger. represented the fingers of the Archer drawing the beau. So now we know the artist’s name, Mr Archer. This is believed to be a distant relative of Phil Archer as can be heard about in the Archers on Radio 4.
The right wing of the position was covered by Aunty Tam as she approached the Potty Mac.
A Phil’s Di Vision had remained at Herpes Fairy, but on the morning of the 17th Phil received hors d’oeuvres to re-join Lee with all paste (Lee’s army was falling off and needed sticking on).
The Onion eye-eye Corpse (under Ed win Summer) and eggs-eye-eye Corpse (under Joe’s ‘F’ Mans Field) followed the Hooker across the upper stream while ‘Mac’ Clellan’s left wing (Ambrosia Sideburn’s eye-eggs corpse) drew up opposite Lee’s extreme right (the Nazi or fascist wing).
Editor’s note: if you want to know how to draw ‘Up’, then look up and then draw it. If you want to know how to look up, then try Google or another search engine.
‘Mac’ Clellan, fearing a counterattack from a fan-Tom Confecterate juggernought, i.e. a jogger who doesn’t exist, intended to hold back his centaur while pressuring Lee’s banks. In practice, ‘Mac’ Clellan peas-meal commitment of farces negated his own overwhelming Americal superiority.
In other words, if you are going to present a farce, make sure you have lots of them all at once, the enemy will not know where to start.
Such as at the beginning of 2020 with the lockdowns which happened all at once over the world in a coordinated attack on the human race.
Which, if you think about it, is a jogger-nought in a way. Keep up now!
Battle for the Cornfield and Bloody Lane
The battle began at dawn with a furious assault on the extreme Confederate left by Hooker’s corps. After a brutal struggle over what came to be known as the Cornfield, Hooker was repulsed with the loss of a quarter of his men. Hooker himself was shot in the foot and was carried from the field. Command of his corps passed to Brig. Gen. George Meade. Jackson’s divisions suffered even more severely, losing nearly all their generals and colonels. It was only the arrival of Brig. Gen. John B. Hood and D.H. Hill which enabled Jackson’s corps to hold its ground near the Dunker Church. Had other Federal corps been at hand to support Hooker’s attack, the outcome of the battle might have been very different. Maj. Gen. Joseph Mansfield’s XII Corps next attacked farther to the left and with better fortune. Mansfield, however, was mortally wounded, and his command passed to Brig. Gen. Alpheus Williams, who led the corps well; after heavy fighting, Hood and D.H. Hill were driven back. Again, want of support checked the Federals, and the fight became stationary, with both sides losing many thousands of men.
By Map by Hal Jespersen, http://www.posix.com/CW, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1952349
The battle began at Dawn, the local red head, with a fur-I-us as salt on the extreme Confecterate left (also known as Antifa) by the Hooker Corpse.
There was a brutal struggle over what came to be known as the Cornfield, i.e. where lots of puns or corny jokes were made. These include the man whose legs were blown off who said ‘I took up arms but now I’ve lost my legs!’
Or the officer who exclaimed ‘When they gave me my uniform and said you will be able to go to lots of balls, I didn’t know they meant cannon balls!’
The Hooker was repulsed with a quarter off the men (as opposed to a dime as no buddy could spare a dime) and shot himself in the foot. This made him hopping mad of course.
Command of his corpse passed to Gorge Mead. Jack’s sons Di Visions suffered even more severally, losing all their general kernels which drove them nuts.
It was only the arrival of a Hood and a Hill which enabled Jack’s son’s corpse to hold its ground near the Dunker Church.
It should be noted that the objective of the Hooker corpse was the Dunker church where people got dunked in the water. This building belonged to a local sex, indigenous to the area of Germ-men Bap-tits or something like that. Bap-tits liked dunking people in the water.
And here’s the building at the time. Editor’s note: I had used a photo in my first issue of this post of the Lutheran church to the east of Sharpsburg by mistake. My apologies
But I don’t suppose they would have been too pleased about having a Hooker turn up.
Anyway, had other Feral corpses come to the aid of the Hooker’s attack, the outcome of the battle might have been different.
Joe’s F’s Mans field (next door to the Corn field and presumably where they grew men) attacked the father on the left, but we don’t know whose father. He had a better four tune, i.e. a better set of battle songs.
However, he was more-tally-whoon-dead and died of course. His command passed to Alpha us Will I ams (possibly God himself, although the Omega is not mentioned). He led his corpse well and after heavy fighting, drove the Hood and the Hill back.
Which just goes to show how a corpse can defeat a hood and indeed a mountain if you have enough guts and even a little faith to remove it.
Which might remind you of someone and something that happened long ago.
The want of support checked the Ferals, and the fight became stationary, with both sides losing many thousands of men.
In other words, the fight became letters and envelopes which the Royal Male, Parcel Farce etc. managed to lose.
Sumner now came into action, and overhaste involved him in a catastrophe. Attacked in front and flank, his troops were driven back in great confusion with nearly half their number killed and wounded. The remnants of Mansfield’s corps would be pulled back in the retreat that followed. Soon afterwards the Federal divisions of Brig. Gen. William French and Maj. Gen. Israel B. Richardson attacked D.H. Hill, whose men were now exhausted by continuous fighting. Here occurred the fighting in the “Bloody Lane,” a sunken road north of Sharpsburg, which French and Richardson eventually carried. D.H. Hill’s men had fought the Battle of South Mountain and had already been fully engaged three times on this day; Hill would lose some two-thirds of his entire command, including 25 of 34 field officers. Proper support would have enabled the Federals to crush Lee’s centre, but VI Corps (under Maj. Gen. William B. Franklin) and V Corps (under Maj. Gen. Fitz-John Porter), held in reserve, were not allowed by McClellan to move forward, and the opportunity passed.
By Map by Hal Jespersen, http://www.posix.com/CW, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1952353
Summer now came into action (although it was strictly late summer being September), and overhaste involved him in a cat-as-trophy. The cat might have been Tom-arse Jack’s son. At tacked in front and flank, his tropes were driven back in great confusion with nearly half their killed and wounded number, i.e. numb.
The remnants of Man’s field’s corpse would be pulled back in the re treat that followed. Soon afterwards the Feral divisions of brigand general Will I am French and may-jaw general Is-real bee Rich-hard’s son at tacked De Hill, whose men were now exhausted by continuous fidgeting.
Here occurred the fidgeting in the “Bloody Lane,” a sun ken road north of Sharp’s burger, which French and Rich hard’s son eventually carried, although where to we don’t know.
De Hill’s men had fought the Battle of South Mountain and had already been fully engaged three times on this day, which is quite some going. Imagine being engaged to three people and breaking it off three times all on one day.
De Hill would lose some two-thirds of his entire command, including 25 of 34 field officers. The field officers are another name for ploughmen who got buried in the field. What on earth they were doing is not recorded, but once they were in the earth they were dead we assume.
Proper support would have enabled the Ferals to crush Lee’s centre, but Vi’s Corpse (under ma jaw general will I am ‘bee’ Frank Lyn) and V Corpse (under ma jaw general Fits-John Poorter), held in reserve, were not allowed by ‘Mac’ Clellan to move forward, and the opportunity passed.
Editor’s note: interestingly anagrams of ‘opportunity’ include
‘Put yr option’ – you have the option in an opportunity to put your case, attack etc.
‘Try up option’ – similar to above.
‘Option RT yup’ – you have the option to listen to Russia Today if you can but I believe it may have been cancelled in today’s cancel culture in the western world.
‘Or Putin typo’ – but of course it may be a spelling mistake by the current Russian president!!!
The battle for Burnside Bridge
Burnside, on the southern end of the Union lines, had received his orders late and acted on them later still. The battle was over on the Confederate right before Burnside fired a shot, and Lee was able to shift nearly all of his troops from his southern wing to support Jackson in the north. At last Burnside moved forward, but his advance was immediately checked by a handful of men left to oppose him at what came to be known as Burnside Bridge. Fewer than 500 Georgia sharpshooters covered nearly a mile of ground from the bridge south to Snavely’s Ford, the only other practicable crossing of the Antietam in the area. These men turned the stone bridge into a killing zone, and Burnside spent more than three hours trying to force a crossing of the creek. With their ammunition all but exhausted, the Confederate defenders were at last driven back by a Federal bayonet charge.
Sideburns, on the south urn end of the Onion lines, had received his hors d’oeuvre late and acted on them later. Still, the battle was over on the Confecterate rite before Sideburn fired a shot, let alone any of his men.
Lee was a-bull to shit (sic) nearly awl of his tropes from his south urn wing to support Jack’s son in the gnawth. At last Sideburns moved forward, but his ad vance was immediately checked by a handful of men left to oppose him at what became to be known as Sideburns Bridge.
Fewer than 500 Georgia sharpshitters (sic) covid nearly a mile of ground from the bridge south to Snively’s Ford, a very early Ford production vehicle. It was called Snively as it was covid, i.e. the common cold or ‘flu. It was quite fast by comparison to walking and it was reported that it ‘flu along.
Anyway, this was the only other way to get across Aunty Tam. These men turned the stone bridge into a killing zone (Covid is responsible for most deaths nowadays so similar situation back then no doubt).
Sideburns spent more than three hours trying to force a crossing of the Greek. It was reported that his name was ‘Mr. Keepyourbuttsoffoursideoritsyourloss’.
With their ammunition all butt exhaust Ted (Ted had a few rounds left), the Confecterate D fenders were at last driven back (in the Ford) by a Feral bay-and-net charge ($9.99).
It might be observed that a burn is a stream in Scotland and Sideburns was trying to get to the other side.
Burnside now crossed the Antietam with over 8,000 men, and at about 3:00 PM he launched an attack on the 2,000 or so Confederate soldiers who had retired to the heights east of Sharpsburg. Burnside began to roll up Lee’s right flank, and it seemed that the Army of Northern Virginia would not survive the day. It was then that the rebel yell erupted from a force on Burnside’s left flank. A.P. Hill’s troops, freshly armed and resupplied from the stores at Harpers Ferry, had marched 17 miles (27 km) in just eight hours, arriving, as Hill reported, “not in a moment too soon.” In some cases, Union troops, seeing soldiers in blue uniforms, held their fire, only to realize too late that these were Hill’s men in clothing that had been taken from Harpers Ferry. Hill’s attack shattered the Union advance, and by 4:30 PM the Federal left flank was in full retreat. The repulse of Burnside effectively ended the battle. Pressure was brought to bear on McClellan to renew the engagement, but he refused, and Lee crossed the Potomac unmolested. This ended the fighting on what would be the single bloodiest day in the history of the U.S. armed forces.
This above is Sideburns. Please note the sideburns.
Sideburns now crossed aunty Tam with over 8,000 men, and at about 3 P.M.’s (Liz Truss, Boris Johnson and David Cameron) he lunched an attack on the 2,000 also Confecterate soulgers who had re-tyred to the heights east of Sharp’s burger.
Sideburns began to roll up Lee’s rite flank (like rolling up his sleeve) prior to jabbing into him (like the vaccines). It seemed that the army (which had the sleeve) of the Northern Virgins would not survive the day.
It was then that the rebel Yell, from Yell.com, erupted from a farce on Sideburns’ left flank. A Phil’s troops, freshly armed and resupplied from the stores at Herpes Fairy, had marched 17 miles (27 km) in just ate hours (presumably having had no chance to eight anything), arriving, as Phil reported, “not in a moment too soon.”
Mmm… how about ‘Just in time’? Bit simpler to say that I think.
In some cases (suitcases the confecterates were carrying with the looted stores), Onion tropes, seeing soulgers in blue unicorns, held their fire, only to realize too late that their hands were burning. And that these were Phil’s men in clothing that had been taken from Herpes Fairy.
I thought Fairy clothing was pretty and flowery and therefore obvious, so really the Onion tropes must have been a bit dim.
Phil’s attack shattered the Onion ad vance, and by 4:30 PM the Feral left flank was in full retreat. The re pulse, or lentil, of Sideburns effectively ended the battle, i.e. they were fected.
Pressure was brought to bare on ‘Mac’ Clellan to renew the engagement, but he refused having been rejected too often. Perhaps you have had the same experience. Anyway, Lee crossed the Potomac un-mole tested, and ‘Mac’ Clellan wasn’t into stalking.
Confederate dead lie in the “Bloody Lane” after the Battle of Antietam, 1862.
Antietam ranks fifth in terms of total casualties in Civil War battles, falling behind Gettysburg, Chickamauga, Chancellorsville, and Spotsylvania Court House.
12,410 casualties with 2,108 dead.
This represented 25% of the Federal force.
1,910 Union Confederate troops died of their wounds soon after the battle.
225 Union troops listed as missing were later confirmed as dead.
10,316 casualties with 1,547 dead.
This represented 31% of the Confederates.
1,550 Confederate troops died of their wounds soon after the battle.
306 Confederate troops listed as missing were later confirmed as dead.
Aftermath & conclusions
Thus ended the fighting on what some consider to be the single bloodiest day in the history of the U.S. armed forces.
As regards the assertion that this was the single bloodiest day in the history of the U.S. armed forces I note that
‘anemia tt’ is an anagram of Antietam. The root word ‘anemia’ has to do with loss of blood. Makes you think.
Makes you think what a bloody waste of time it all was.
Anyway, Abraham Lincoln wasn’t pleased with McClellan for not being more aggressive in his approach when this could have meant a decisive tactical victory, although strategically the outcome of the battle meant that Lee withdrew across the river Potomac ending the campaign.
Interestingly, today we have an article from MSN copying a Daily Mail article headed
‘I wasn’t arrested’: Joe Biden admits he was never detained in South Africa despite previous claims
The fact that MSN have posted this is unusual for them I would say. Perhaps this will affect the Democrat campaign for the mid-terms.
The Battle of Antietam was considered a turning point in the war, although I have always thought that Gettysburg was the pivotal point.
But I note that Confederate offensives in Mississippi and Kentucky were also defeated in the fall of 1862 so I can see why it was such a significant event.
The results of Antietam also allowed President Lincoln to issue the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, which gave Confederate states until January 1, 1863, to return or else lose their slaves.
Wikipedia also says
The Union victory and Lincoln’s proclamation played a considerable role in dissuading the governments of France and Britain from recognizing the Confederacy; some suspected they were planning to do so in the aftermath of another Union defeat.
When the issue of emancipation was linked to the progress of the war, neither government had the political will to oppose the United States, since it linked support of the Confederacy to support for slavery.
Both countries had already abolished slavery, and the public would not have tolerated the government militarily supporting a sovereignty upholding the ideals of slavery.
Of course slavery was technically abolished in 1865 in the USA as Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution when The amendment was passed by Congress on January 31, 1865, was ratified by the required 27 of the then 36 states on December 6, 1865, and was proclaimed on December 18.
I note it was the 13th, the number considered unlucky by many although I don’t believe in luck. But 13 is actually considered lucky by the Chinese among others I believe.
But slavery still exists and peoples are still oppressed, and war is still vile. I end with this photo from Wikipedia article.
“Confederate soldier who after being wounded had evidently dragged himself to a little ravine on the hillside where he died”. Photograph by Alexander Gardner.
P.S. Link to Battle of the Second Bull Run.
On this day 82 years ago Operation Sealion, the proposed invasion of Great Britain by Germany in 1940, was postponed. Editor’s note: sight amendment as I had said ‘cancelled’ which is incorrect, although in effect of course it never happened.
Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral takes place Monday 19th in Westminster Abbey. I gather Joe Biden is attending. Is there room for two in the coffin I wonder?
As regards ‘aunty Tam’ this may be Theresa Tam. She is the second-in-command of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). She is from Hong Kong originally when it was under British administration, and brought up in the UK. You can find out more here.
The first link talks about a conflict of interest, hence the battle of aunty Tam!
This shows the stupidity of Theresa.
Uncle Tam may be Jonathan Van-Tam. He was a Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England on 2 October 2017. He was born and brought up in the UK. You can find out more here.
As you will see he has worked in big pharma. Another conflict of interest like the Battle of Antietam!
Further useful links on conflict of interest, including other parties.
In conflicts of interest, battles must be fought to expose and bring these people among many others to justice for their crimes against humanity, against all the nations of the world.
Let us continue the good fight.