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e described — the field lying along the Antietam and including in its scope the little town of Sharpsburg — was destined to pass into history as the scene of the bloodiest single day of fighting of thible as it was, should be one-third larger to make the average per diem equal to the losses at Sharpsburg.
Viewed by the measure of losses, Antietam was the fourth battle of the war, Spottsylvania ans, the Seven Days Battle (following McClellan's retreat), Gettysburg, and Chickamauga exceeded Sharpsburg, but each of these occupied several days, and on no single day in any one of them was there sumber of captured or missing ) 12,601. But nearly all of these are known to have been losses at Sharpsburg, and, making proper deductions for the casualties in other actions of the campaign, the Confedhind a stone fence near the Hagerstown pike, about the safest spot to be found on the field of Sharpsburg,--a dead angle, so to speak.
The batteries on the field north and the long-range thirty-gun b