Today in Michigan History

September 17, 1862

Michiganders fought at Antietam.

Hundreds of Michigan troops fought near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in what became the bloodiest day in American history. More than 350 Michiganders were left killed or wounded at the Battle of Antietam. This number includes Major General Israel Richardson of Pontiac who was mortally wounded leading his division in severe fighting near a sunken road, later called Bloody Lane.

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