This section of the site highlights our Featured Exhibits, which are a growing series of articles with a little more depth and detail about a specific topic or individual involved at Antietam.
This is also the place to find eyewitness and official reports, other side issues or documents, analysis and opinion, and more interesting morsels as may be added from time to time.
After most significant activity, military commanders were required to report the actions of their troops to their superiors. Officers and men also wrote letters and kept journals on campaign. The following exhibits are some of those reports and correspondence, as well as other documents of historical interest.
A word of caution - any personal account should be used carefully. Some of the writers were not strictly objective. Many have personal axes to grind, and some may have been confused by the chaos of combat or had a limited view of the situation. Even so, first-hand accounts often are the best way to get a feel for the action.
There are 325 more of these reports available here!
See the OR Index for reports from many of the other officers present at the battle.
This last section of Exhibits are the most distant from "facts" (as much as any history can be factual). These are our analyses and opinions about the battle.