On September 17th, 1862, the Army of the Potomac confronted the Army of Northern Virginia near the town of Sharpsburg, Maryland. The battle resulted in more than 23,000 casualties and the withdrawal of the Confederate Army to Virginia. Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation following this victory.
The Maryland Campaign of 1862 and the Battle of Antietam
150th Maryland Campaign Commemoration provides visitor information and a calendar of events commemorating the battles of South Mountain and Antietam.
Antietam, Md. Allan Pinkerton, President Lincoln, and Maj. Gen. John A. McClernand (Library of Congress)
South Mountain State Battlefield – Overshadowed by the number of casualties at Antietam, the Battle of South Mountain was a significant victory for the Army of the Potomac.
Antietam National Battlefield – Visit Antietam for the 150th anniversary of the battle.
Antietam on the Web – Particularly appealing for Civil War buffs, includes maps, primary documents, images, and a timeline.
The Civil War: Classroom Activities – the Battle of Antietam – PBS lesson plans on the Battle of Antietam for Grades 7 through 12.
The Emancipation Proclamation
Library of Congress Primary Documents in American History: the Emancipation Proclamation - Primary resources including documents, illustrations, and newspaper articles published at the time.
Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation Online Exhibit – The New York State Library exhibit tells the story of how New York acquired the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.
National Archives & Records Administration Featured Documents: The Emancipation Proclamation – View the National Archives’ copy of the Emancipation Proclamation with an essay on its significance written by historian John Hope Franklin.
Emancipation Proclamation: Freedom’s First Steps (Lesson plans for Grades 9 – 12) and Learning
with Lincoln Institute: A Closer Look at the Emancipation Proclamation – Understand the background of the Emancipation
Proclamation by analyzing primary
documents, cartoons, and photographs, for Grades 6 through 12.
National Park Service – Videos on Antietam and the Civil War posted by the National Park Service.
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Enoch Pratt Free Library
State Library Resource Center
400 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Or, if you are outside of Maryland, contact your local library.