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In the battle of Antietam also known as the bloodiest battle of the Civil War the Union forces vastly out-numbered the Confederates The Unions inadequate commanders and generals included Major-General George Brinton McClellan Major-General Joseph Hooker 1Corps Major-General Edwin V Sumner 2 Corps Major-General Fitz-John Porter 5 Corps Major-general William B Franklin 4 Corps Major-General Ambrose E Burnside 11 Corps Major-General Joseph Mansfield 8 Corps and Brigadier-General Alfred Pleasonton Cavalry Division The Union army was split up into 195 infantry regiments 14 cavalry regiments and 63 batteries which gave McClellan a total strength of approximately 87000 men and 378 guns Of these 2108 men were killed 9549 were wounded and 753 were captured or missing The Confederate Generals and leaders were as follows General Robert E Lee Major-General Thomas J Jackson Jacksons Corps Major-General James Longstreet Longstreets Corps and Brigadier-General William Pendleton Reserve Artillery Lees strength only amassed to 86 regiments of infantry 15 of cavalry and 73 batteries of artillery which gave him a total of 40000 men and 292 guns Of this force 1512 men were killed 7816 wounded and 1844 captured or missing At 2 PM 117 September 1862 the actual order to start the attack on Lee was given but due to delays only a desultory artillery engagement took place Due to the delay the original plan was changed The new plan included moving Hookers Corps across the northern end of the creek that was farthest from the confederates lines With Sumner and Mansfeild standing by McClellan launched a devastating flank assault on the left side of Lees army At 6 PM the men from Hookers Corps crossed the creek and stumbled into Jacksons skirmish line Thus alerting Jackson after a small skirmish to the presence of and movement of McClellans right wing Lee was ready to face McClellan even though he only had 27000 troops deployed Where as McClellan had 75000 in battle array At 6AM Hooker sent his 10
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