Antietam Creek, Md. – Sept. 15, 1862
LEE'S ARMY ALMOST DEFEATED BY UNION
Just when defeat appeared certain, General A. P. Hill arrived with a fresh regiment and saved the day for General Lee. The Southern Army had fought valiantly, but the men were fatigued and they were losing ground. The arrival of the new troops was just what the Confederate fighters needed to turn back the Northern Army. The two Armies battled each other at close range during the day, with soldiers resorting to their swords rather than their rifles. The continued head-on fighting was what the better trained Union Army desired. Whenever an opportunity for the Union Army existed, there was no support from reinforcements. The battle was won by the help brought to Lee at the last possible moment.