150 years ago, on this very day, the bloodiest one-day battle that has ever been fought on American soil took place near Maryland’s Antietam Creek.
This infamous Civil War battle was a pivotal point in the ordeal between the Union and Confederate armies for reasons besides the death toll, though. Upon General Lee’s retreat back to Virginia, President Lincoln seized the moment and issued the Emancipation Proclamation - the historic document that called for the abolition of slavery.
The University of Connecticut Libraries, in partnership with Boston Library Consortium Member Libraries, has preserved the documents that were lifted from tablets assembled by the Battlefield Commission. They detail the days leading up to the bloody battle plus its aftermath and it can be downloaded in digital format thanks to the Internet Archive.
Grab the torrent here: http://bit.ly/antietamia