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In James M. McPherson’s book Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam he writes about how the war was so important because it changed the course of the Civil War. There are many things happened after the Battle of Antietam was a turning point in the war. After the battle of Antietam, the Union repels the first Confederate invasion of the North. After the invasion of Maryland, the people there felt so scared, defeated, and depressed. However, after the battle of Antietam; it lifted sagging Union morale and quelled the so despair felt by the war-weary North. When they won the battle of Antietam, their morale improved and their chances of winning the war seemed closer. The Battle of Antietam occurred on September 17, 1862, it was the bloodiest day in America’s war. It was near Sharpsburg, Maryland; under the command of George McClellan, the Union Army Maj. Gen the Army of the Potomac started attacking the Confederate under the command of Robert E. Lee’s forces. Confederate troops spied in the cornfield outside Sharpsburg, Maryland, and started shooting in the Union soldiers within minutes. After the close of the Battle of Antietam, 23,000 soldiers were dead or wounded—four times the American. This constituted the conflict's turning point because it is the largest battle of the Civil War, and it was definitely the bloodiest. Many lives were lost in this battle. This war caused the Union to have a chance of winning the Civil War and it crushed the Confederates chance of European intervention. Before the battle, France and Great Britain were thinking of intervening in the war because of cotton shortages. The South produced most of their cotton for their cloth industry but; the Civil War and the North’s blockade caused a cotton shortage. However... ... middle of paper ... ...ale and secured Lincoln’s role in the office. t Antietam was a critical victory for the Union. The Confederacy had relied on British intervention to help them win the war but their hope was destroyed after their loss in the battle. Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam by James M. McPherson discusses the impact the battle had on the Union’s morale, the cause for fighting the war and Lincoln’s actions. When the Union won the battle it increased their morale and chances of winning the war. The Confederacy’s hope for European intervention was crushed and so was their morale. Moreover, The purpose of the war became not just uniting the states but also to abolish slavery. Therefore, Abraham Lincoln decided to issue the Emancipation Proclamation. All of these outcomes following the Union’s success in the battle led to their winning of the Civil War and reunited the states.

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