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This Day in Georgia History

September 17, 1862

Toombs Held Bridge at Antietam

At the Battle of Antietam in Sharpsburg, MD, a small group of Georgians played a pivotal role. One flank of the Union army attempted to cross a bridge and attack the Confederate right, but a group of 450-500 Georgians, led by Robert Toombs, repeatedly held off the Union attempts to cross the bridge. This allowed Confederate reinforcements the time to arrive on the battlefield and prevented the Confederate army from being routed by far superior Union numbers. The Battle of Antietam remains, to this day, the single bloodiest day in American history.