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The Battle of Antietam was a one-day confrontation between 41000 Confederates under the command of General Robert E Lee and 87000 Union troops commanded General George B McClellan The stage for Antietam was set when Lee undertook an invasion of the North in late Summer 1862 The wars course was changed The day marked the Turning Point of the Civil War after which the Norths superior numbers and resources become an inexorable force Soon after the smoke cleared Abraham Lincoln used the occasion of this battle to announce the Emancipation Proclamation and the British chose not to increase their support for Southern independence One major victory for the north was the conquest of Atlanta 100 miles away from Chattanooga Between Sherman and the city stood a series of mountain passes and a Confederate army commanded by General Joseph Johnson Johnson was waiting for Sherman to directly attack him Sherman would not oblige In a series of flanking manuevers Sherman forced Johnson back to the outskirts of Atlanta At that point Johnson was replaced by Hood Hood attempted a number of assaults on Union lines all of which failed On September 1st Hood withdrew from Atlanta when Sherman cut Atlantas last remaining rail link The battle of Appomattox Court House on April 9 was when the the remnants of John Broun Gordons corps and Fitzhugh Lees cavalry formed line of battle at Appomattox Court House Gen Robert E Lee determined to make one last attempt to escape the closing Union pincers and reach his supplies at Lynchburg At dawn the Confederates advanced initially gaining ground against Sheridans cavalry The arrival of Union infantry however stopped the advance in its tracks Lees army was now surrounded on three sides Lee surrendered to Grant on April 9 This was the final engagement of the war in Virginia On July 21 1861 the first battle of Bull Run occurred It was the first real
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