Re: [TalkAntietam] America's Bloodiest Day
- I don't know exactly what counts as 'bloody', but on
Sept. 8, 1900 (Sept. is not a good month for Americans),
some 5000 people are to have perished in a Hurricane
that struck Galveston island. Nature is apparently
still man's worst adversary.
> >From a recent edition of Blue & Gray Magazine....
> Recently revised figures on the deaths in terrorist attacks on September 11
> indicate that the Battle of Antietam is still the bloodiest day in American
> history. Not counting the 19 hijackers, the current death toll from the 4
> plane crashes is 3019, including foreigners aboard the planes and
> non-American citizens who died in the WTC.
> Though greater than the 2388 American lives lost at Pearl Harbor, the number
> of deaths in the 9-11 attack does not exceed the estimated 3600 Union and
> Confederate soldiers (Americans all) who died in the one-day Battle of
> Antietam (some estimates run well over 4000).
> Tom Shay
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- In a message dated 9/10/02 10:40:13 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> I don't know exactly what counts as 'bloody', but onGood point - what are they counting as bloody? I always thought it was
> Sept. 8, 1900 (Sept. is not a good month for Americans),
> some 5000 people are to have perished in a Hurricane
> that struck Galveston island. Nature is apparently
> still man's worst adversary.
casualties, not just deaths. That's why Antietam was at the top of the list.
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- Curt Johnson wrote:
> In the Civil War, the ratio of WIA to KIA was 4.55. The114 divided by 27 = 4.22
> ratio of surviving wounded to battle deaths and died of wounds was 2.38.
> These relationships have been fairly consistent since about 1700.
> At Fox's Gap, the Seventeenth Michigan casualties were 27 killed and 114 wounded.
> Of the wounded, 17 died before the middle of December 1862.
114 divided by (27+17) = 2.59
> At Antietam, the regiment lost 18 killed and 87 wounded. At least 6 of the87 divided by 18 = 4.83
> wounded died within a few months of the battle.
87 divided by 24 = 3.62 (not sure exactly how many wounded died within three months)
Interesting ratios...I'll will look into the Dupuy work.
I did a study of Michigan units of the "died of disease" versus "killed and died of wounds ". The ratio ranged from 156:1 to 1:1. The average for Michigan
troops was 2.4:1 Some other writers have quoted a there or four to one ratio. It depends on the particular regiments and their exposure to combat, unit
history, and the statistical sample size.
- We will be in Sharpsburg tomorrow afternoon. After some time on the
battlefield we normally stop at the Antietam Gallery to see JIm Kehoe.
We also will make our annual visit to Harpers Ferry and spend most
of Saturday at the Heritage Festival. Our tickets for the reenactment
are for Sunday only. We'll look for the your IB t-shirt on Saturday.
At 10:47 AM 9/10/02 -0400, Tom wrote:
>In a message dated 09/10/2002 7:44:46 AM EST, gwilk@... writes:
><< Terry Bell and I will, as usual, be in the Sharpsburg area for the
>weekend. Maybe we will run across one another again. >>
>Indeed, I hope our paths cross again. I am attending the re-enactment events
>on Friday (crowds shouldn't be as horrendous as weekend) and then joining
>Rangers for the hikes on Saturday (with a quick trip into the Festival in
>I'll likely be wearing an Irish Brigade t-shirt!
Sunday will be the AP Hill assault reenactment... I should be
around my camp area earlier that day.. I will be part of Gen.
Maupin's Confederate Command HQ area... Stop by if you have time.
Your humble servant,
Pvt., CS Signals,
A Proud American by Birth, Southern by Choice!
"I know of no fitter resting-place for a soldier than the field
on which he has nobly laid down his life." --General Robert
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bud Wilkinson" <gwilk@...>
Sent: Wednesday, September 11, 2002 7:19 AM
Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] America's Bloodiest Day
> We will be in Sharpsburg tomorrow afternoon. After some time
> battlefield we normally stop at the Antietam Gallery to see JIm
> We also will make our annual visit to Harpers Ferry and spend
> of Saturday at the Heritage Festival. Our tickets for the
> are for Sunday only. We'll look for the your IB t-shirt on
Will do...... what is the scheduled time for the AP Hill event?
We want to be sure to get to the site on Rench Rd. early!!
I remember the traffic in '97, although it was much easier
getting in than getting out. :>)
At 09:06 AM 9/11/02 -0400, Gerrywrote:
>Sunday will be the AP Hill assault reenactment... I should be
>around my camp area earlier that day.. I will be part of Gen.
>Maupin's Confederate Command HQ area... Stop by if you have time.
>Your humble servant,
>Pvt., CS Signals,
- Thanks Tom.........
At 10:34 AM 9/11/02 -0400, Tom wrote:
>In a message dated 09/11/2002 9:17:16 AM EST, gwilk@... writes:
><< what is the scheduled time for the AP Hill event? >>
>The A.P. Hill's Attack scenario is at 2 PM.
>A full schedule is at: