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||invasion, wounded, cripple, slavery, medical, reserve, march, truce, victory, gain, supplies, beginning, attack, exchange, battle, army
||General Robert E., General George McClellan, Antietam Creek, Civil War, Dunker Church, Emancipation Proclamation
By Cathy Pearl
1 In 1862, General Robert E. Lee decided to march his troops north into Maryland. He wanted to win a victory for his army in the North. He was sure it was an important step in winning the war. He also hoped that a win in the North would force other countries to recognize the Confederacy as its own country. These countries would then be willing to send supplies that the South badly needed.
2 Luck was against Lee from the beginning. A Union soldier found a copy of Lee's plans at a camp. It was a perfect opportunity for General George McClellan to beat the Southern army once and for all. A strong win at this battle would cripple the Southern army. The South would have a hard time building another one.
3 McClellan did not use the chance he had to attack the Confederates. He waited too long to make a decision. By the time he started to march his army toward Lee, Lee knew of the lost plans and was strengthening his army.
4 The two armies fought smaller battles on September 14 in mountain passes. Lee tried to stop the Union army from marching farther south. He could not. He decided to make a stand near the Antietam Creek. This creek was near the town of Sharpsburg. This is what the Confederates would call the battle.
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