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Posted: 10/15/2012 - As part of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, Dr. Jessica Cannon, assistant professor of history, will present "The Battle of Antietam: the First Turning Point" at 7:00 pm on October 23, 2012. The talk will be in Twomey Auditorium (Wood Building room 100).
The Battle of Antietam, still the bloodiest single day in American history, was an early turning point in the Civil War. Union victory enabled President Abraham Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation--aligning Northern war aims with the antislavery cause--and ensured Great Britain and France would refuse diplomatic recognition for the Confederacy. The talk will focus on the military and civilian stories surrounding the battle, as well as some of the lesser-known effects on battlefield medicine and photography. A slideshow of images from the 150th anniversary events held in Maryland just a few weeks ago will also be discussed. The event is free and open to the public.