"Destroy the Rebel Army"

"Destroy the Rebel Army" (HM3PY)

Location: Sharpsburg, MD 21782 Washington County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 28.531', W 77° 44.802'

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Before the Battle of Antietam, President Abraham Lincol sent a telegram to General George B. McClellan, commanding the Union Army of the Potomac:
GOD BLESS YOU AND ALL WITH YOU
DESTROY THE REBEL ARMY IF POSSIBLE


McClellan, with an army nearly twice the size of Lee's, thought that he was outnumbered:
"One battle lost, and almost all would have been lost. Lee's army might then have marched as it pleased on Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, or New York."

Lee knew that he was outnumbered, but he had brought this Army of Northern Virginia north of the Potomac River to win a great victory:
"We will make our stand."

The evening before the battle, combat artist Edwin Forbes sketched the soldiers of the Union First Corps as they waded across Antietam Creek. The crossing was well to the north of Sharpsburg, so the Southerners knew that the first attack would fall on Major General "Stonewall" Jackson's Corps waiting at the Dunker Church.

Major General Joseph Hooker commanded the First Corps, and he was ready:
"If they had let us start earlier, we might have finished tonight."
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HM NumberHM3PY
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Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 4:18am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 263741 N 4373149
Decimal Degrees39.47551667, -77.74670000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 28.531', W 77° 44.802'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 28' 31.86" N, 77° 44' 48.12" W
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Area Code(s)301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5818-5822 Dunker Church Rd, Sharpsburg MD 21782, US
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