1862 : Michiganders Fight in Battle of Antietam, MD

September 17, 2023 all-day

Three Michigan officers played major parts in the Battle of Antietam : General Alpheus S. Williams, General Israel Richardson, and General Orlando Willcox.

In total, several thousand Michiganders fought; Michigan forces claimed approximately 360 casualties during the battle, the single bloodiest day in U.S. military history.

Whether one claims that Antietam was a draw or a victory, the battle enabled President Lincoln to issue the preliminary Emancipation shortly thereafter. And it prevented England and France from recognizing the Confederate States of America.


Scott Pohl, “Authors tell story of Michigan’s role at Antietam“, WKAR News, November 23, 2015.

Tom Bowman, “Antietam: A Savage Day In American History”, NPR, Septembe 17, 2012.

“Michigan at Antietam Day Honors CW Soldiers’ Sacrifices”, Michigan History, January/Febrary 2013, p.6.

Roger L. Rosentreter, “Three Generals and an unlucky regiment: Michigan at the Battle of Antietam”, Michigan History Magazine. Sept-Oct, 2008, Vol. 92 Issue 5, p20, 10 p

Michigan at Antietam : the Wolverine State’s sacrifice on America’s bloodiest day / Jack Dempsey & Brian James Egen

Antietam by the Civil War Trust.

Battle of Antietam Youtube Video

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