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The Bloodiest Battle In The US

September 21, 2011 by  

It was 149 years ago this week that the bloodiest battle in American history took place. More than 23,000 men were killed, wounded or missing in action in one day, on Sept. 17, 1862, at the Battle of Antietam in Maryland.

The battle was technically a draw. But the leader of the Confederacy’s troops, Robert E. Lee, ordered his forces to retreat from the area, giving President Abraham Lincoln an opportunity to proclaim victory and issue the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863.

Many people today don’t realize that Lincoln’s Proclamation did not grant freedom to any slaves in the North. Instead, it was meant to encourage blacks in the South to rise up against their masters and create a “fifth column” in their regions. This did not happen, and the War Between the States lasted until Lee surrendered on April 9, 1865. The aftereffects are still being felt to this day.

–Chip Wood

 

Chip Wood

is the geopolitical editor of PersonalLiberty.com. He is the founder of Soundview Publications, in Atlanta, where he was also the host of an award-winning radio talk show for many years. He was the publisher of several bestselling books, including Crisis Investing by Doug Casey, None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen and Larry Abraham and The War on Gold by Anthony Sutton. Chip is well known on the investment conference circuit where he has served as Master of Ceremonies for FreedomFest, The New Orleans Investment Conference, Sovereign Society, and The Atlanta Investment Conference.

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  • 2WarAbnVet

    It was not “bloodiest battle in American history”, that title goes to Gettysburg. Antietam or Sharpsburg was the bloodiest single day.

  • dan

    The parallels between Lincoln and Obama are eerie…and I fear the resulting conflagration may be the same civil warfare if the wise among us do not restrain and channel the passions of our fellow patriots…
    of course,there are times when wisdom is over-rated.

    • Lost in Paradise

      At this time in history and with government beginning its last steps in total control of us all, I believe we need a bloody revolution to put the government out of business, our business. It would not be pretty for sure, but would all rather continue the course, even though you know the outcome. There is no peaceful means, as that has not and will not work. Voting will only prolong the agony! It may or may not get Obama out of office. Check this site out! http://sp-usa.org/

  • John R. Harbison

    Obama would not make a pimple on Lincoin’s behind, I really dont know who to compair Obama to. I had a really dumb ditch digger once that was quite some smarter than Obama

    • James

      Maybe somewhere in the general vacinity of Peanuts Carter. Obozo just beat him out as worse ever.

  • Free Mind

    John R-Lincoln and Obama are 2 of the same. They both want(ed)a Federal tyranny and no state’s rights. Fortunately someone dispatched Lincoln before it was too late. Now then…

  • http://? Kerry Good

    How can a guy born in the Provincial General Hospital in Mombasa, Kenya to a Kenya father, be taken to Hawaii, lied about birth there, later moved to Indonesia, gets an Indonesia birth certificate and Indonesian citizenship allowed to be vetted into our government? Can George Soros a communist billionaire and the Bilderbergers force their views down our throats without TREASON Charges and a FIRING SQUAD?

    • Lost in Paradise

      Kerry Good that is a darn good question? There are thousands or maybe millions that would like an answer to your two questions. It has everyone in a state of confusion, and their anger is growing by the day.

    • Thinking About

      You want to cram your lies down others throats. Some would rather climb a tre and tell a lie than to stand on the ground and tell the truth. If you have not accepted the truth about Obama’ s birth in Hawaii then all else you try to cram down our throats is suspect on being truthful. Why is so hard to just give up in this idea and spend your efforts on getting this great nation back on track. Talk about treason you may wel be treason poster child.

  • rkz777

    MANY-MANY PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT WHAT MR.WOOD STATED ABOVE. I’M ONE OF THE FEW THAT KNEW THE TRUTH, WHEN I WAS A SMALL BOY. ALSO MOST AMERICANS REFUSE TO BELIEVE THAT lincoln AND his cabinet and generals DESIGNED THE TERRIBLE-MURDEROUS-TORTURE OF Southern MEN,WOMEN AND CHILDREN. WHOLE TOWNS WERE KILLED OUT, RAPE-TORTURE-ARSON. A SECRET WAR WAS LAID OUT TO PUNISH THE PEOPLE OF THE SOUTH. AND YES THE WAR WASN’T FOUGHT TO FREE THE “SLAVES”, IT WAS DUE TO ECONOMIC GREED OF THE north. GENERAL grant DIDN’T RELEASE his “SLAVES” UNTIL AFTER THE WAR. IF THE PEOPLE ACTUALLY UNDERSTOOD WHAT lincoln TRULY WAS, THEY WOULD TAKE HAMMER AND CHISEL TO his monument, a true tyrant. DEO VINDICE

    AND ONE LAST THING, ITS NOT THE civil war, ITS THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES!

    • Buster the Anatolian

      “AND ONE LAST THING, ITS NOT THE civil war, ITS THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES!”

      Wrong again. It is the WAR OF NORTHERN AGRESSION.

    • Joyce from Loris

      Yes, it is called genecide, something we speak of concerning Hitler and what he did to the Jewish people. Americans thing that was all so unspeakable, horrible, yet they built a monument for Lincoln, who instructed Sherman to kill “all the southern people, burn their homes and churches, kill their livestock and burn their fields”. In a latter letter to Sherman, Lincoln instructed him to “remember to kill the Southern children, as they will grow up to be rebels as well in retaliation of what we did to their elders”. Yes, let’s “honor” such a man as Lincoln. He was as bad as Hitler.

  • 101stRECON68

    Right 777! When have the Federals ever allowed such a slimy thing as the truth to grow and fester in the minds of Americans. Lincoln was a tyrant but he wasn’t the only one to stay in the White House or to hold public office in this country and Obama surely won’t be the last. Tell a lie long enough and hard enough and eventually it becomes truth due to nothing else but it’s longevity. If this country last another 200 years, the current myths surrounding the “peaceful work” of M.L. King would evolve into the idea that he was born of a virgin and rose from the grave after 3 days.
    The same logic has been used in spreading the myths of the WBTS. Slavery was not the central issue or it would have been banned in the North as well as the South. On and On and on. True history is much more interesting than the lies we have been taught. If you want to get a different slant on how American History is viewed, just ask a Native American (Indian). Each of us has our own individual perspective on how we view the events around us. But in contrast, collectively we are led like sheep bleating from one pen to the next listening to this political party or that political party that leads us no where but down to the holding cell of slavery.
    I fear that it will take much more than just an election to change the direction our ship is heading but I also greatly fear (and for good reason) the alternative. I will do what ever is necessary for me and mine and wish for you all the best.

  • lkar

    The comparison with Lincoln and Obama may seem eirily similar, but modern communication has thwarted the BHO socialist agenda. What amazes me is that even in our age of information, BHO still has a 37% popularity rating! This tells me that Americans actually believe in the centralization of federal power at all costs. This was the battle cry of the Union North, “Preservation of the Union of states”. It was actually the greatest expansion of centralized federal power in American history. Like any good socialist revolution, the north propagandize the war to be about “slavery”. Then the fight is about a “cause” (sound similar to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars?).
    Modern history books suck at explaining this period of history. A good read is to find old history books (I recently read one with a copyright date of 1924, Calvin Coolidge is the current president). Even better find books actually authored by the people involved (“Rise and Fall of the Confederate States” by Jefferson Davis and contrast that with “The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S Grant”).

  • Joyce from Loris

    Many people still cling to their Southern roots, heritage and way of life, in honor of their ancestors. Nothing can infuriate me more than to hear black people talk about the Confederate Flag representing slavery. I hate to bust their bubble, but it has nothing to do with black people. They are insignificant in this tradition. Little do they know that most of THEIR southern ancestors fought, willingly, in this war as well.

  • s c

    You could liken Obummer to a mad scientist who’s determined to make Jekyll and Hyde look like bashful librarians. Way too many possibilities exist at the moment to predict what will happen, but one scenario that has high odds is another civil war.
    Blacks, whites and hispanics are blended into this twisted mix. If it happens, it happens. Closing the borders would have put a dent in that option, but when a prez is determined to sit back and watch America slit its own throat (to make him look ‘good’ to his handlers), just about anything can happen.
    I wonder if America’s puppet masters have considered the extent of collateral damage in the event that one of Obummer’s experiments gets out of hand. They’re supposed to be good at international “chess,” but I think the Soviets were better at it. We’ll see. It’s going to be interesting, folks.

  • Cep

    Everyone has a right to form thier own opinion,and its sometimes real easy to throw rocks at someone.But if you were in thier shoes,you may find out that your”outside”view may not be all that correct.The war “between theStates”,Or,”civil War”,Was the Bloodest in American History,I hope we never have another.”God bless America”.

  • John Gaines

    Most people don’t know what, or why the civil war was fought about. If I might enlighten you northeners, southeners, people who think it was because of slavery, and just plain idiots, it wasn’t because of the slaves in the south, the north had 5 times the number of slaves. It had to do with greed, corruption in the government, and the fact that factories where the north where wanted the cotton and couldn’i grow it. The banks in the north where hurting, so they got the goverment to cause trouble i the south. Thus, blame the banking industry then for the war. As they are again causing the problems of today!

  • Cep

    The “Civil”war,WAS fought over more than just one reason. Frist;it was to preserve the union,because secession was illegal,And rember,it was the south that fired the first shot,(That in itself waas an act of war.)Secondly,Because of scientific advancements in farming equipment,which would “”later “proved to be better than slavery,and though it may have not been the number one reason for the war,Slavery was in deed a issue that had to be dealed with sooner or later.Get real!!!!!!!

  • David

    Good point cep.There is some people out there in nowhere land witha lot of twisted vbiews about the civil war,I would suggest to those people to read a history book ,and one with out opinions made by the author.To say that slavery was not an important issue befor and after the civil war, would be just out right dumb. But in this country,everyone has a right to asn opinion,no mattwer how screwd up it is.But i do belive that the Afircian-Americans are doing a lot better ,than their Afircan counter parts are.

  • Bill wright

    I can say,I aree with you one hunderd percent cep.Aperson can read a history book,and can suppopse a lot of things,For example; Pearl Harber ,Did F.D.R. know that japan was going to do that?get my point?Of course , there are people who belived he did.But it isn’ t proven that he did.so if you can’t prove it,than its only assumption,however,it didn’t keep japan from doing it.

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