What Was the Bloodiest Battle of the Civil War?


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The bloodiest battle of the U.S. Civil War was fought at Gettysburg, Pa., July 1 to 3, 1863. By the end of the engagement, Union and Confederate forces had suffered combined losses of 51,000 dead and wounded.

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What Was the Bloodiest Battle of the Civil War?
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While the battle of Gettysburg was the most costly engagement of the entire war, the bloodiest single-day engagement took place a year earlier at Antietam, in Sharpsburg, Md. Unlike the Battle of Gettysburg, which created thousands of casualties over a three-day period, the Battle of Antietam cost a combined 21,000 dead and wounded in just a single day of fighting between the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia.

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