Hooker's Corps Crossing Antietam Creek

Edwin Forbes (1839-1895)
This reproduction of a print by American landscape painter and etcher Edwin Forbes (1839-1895) shows soldiers under the command of Major General Joseph Hooker crossing Antietam Creek. At the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862, his corps launched the first assault of the bloodiest day in American history, driving south into the corps of Lt. Gen. Stonewall Jackson, where they fought each other to a standstill. Hooker, aggressive and inspiring to his men, left the battle early in the morning with a foot wound. He asserted that the battle would have been a decisive Union victory if he had managed to stay on the field, but General McClellan's caution once again failed the Northern troops and Lee's much smaller army eluded destruction.
Description (physical):
H: 6 1/2", W: 9 1/4"
Gaithersburg, Maryland
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