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« Erwin Chemerinsky: You Win Some, You Lose Some | WILLisms.com | Quote Of The Day »

The Battle of Antietam

Today marks the anniversary of the Battle of Antietam, which is still the single-day highest death toll for Americans; higher than D-Day or September 11, 2001.

The battle was a tactical draw, but a Union victory that forced the Confederate forces off Northern soil. It marked the Union 'victory' President Lincoln was looking for to issue the Emancipation Proclamation.

Update: Rob Port added this to my crosspost over at Say Anything:

Battle of Antietam: 2,108 killed in one day (on just the Union side, 1,546 Confederates died as well). War in Iraq: 3,782 killed...in four and a half years. Point? By any historical measure, Iraq has been one of the least costly protracted military engagements in our nation's history in terms of lives lost. If this war truly is as "unsustainable" as some would have us believe we are in a lot bigger trouble than anything the middle east portends.

Posted by Ken McCracken · 17 September 2007 04:59 PM

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That is sad....

Posted by: zsa zsa at September 17, 2007 05:18 PM

One can play any games they want using numbers of dead. Less than 3000 were killed in the 9/11 attacks. If the 3700 dead in Iraq are no big deal then, by that logic, neither was 9/11. It should have been out of the news after a week, and long forgotten by now.

Posted by: ChrisRocket at September 18, 2007 12:09 PM

truly a dark day. thousands killed at the hands of the despot King Lincoln. Slavery was ended peacefully every where else on earth.


600,000 died for "humanity" !! no oxymoron there

Posted by: lester at September 18, 2007 04:49 PM

'despot King Lincoln'??

Are you joking lester, or have you lost your frickin' mind?

Posted by: Ken McCacken at September 18, 2007 08:31 PM

worst president in our history. hands down

Posted by: lester at September 19, 2007 08:29 AM

Ah, so you have lost your frickin' mind then.

Posted by: Ken McCacken at September 19, 2007 11:32 AM

http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig2/lincoln-arch.html

Posted by: lester at September 19, 2007 03:01 PM