The Irish Brigade at the Battle of Antietam 1862

#OnThisDay 1862 At the Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest single day of the American Civil War, the Irish Brigade attack Confederate lines along the Sunken Road, aptly named Bloody Lane. The Irish Brigade suffer 113 KIA, 422 WIA & 5 MIA or over 50% of their men.

Between two farm fields in Sharpsburg, Md., there was a sunken road, which Confederates used as a rifle pit until they were overrun by federal troops. The road has since been known as “Bloody Lane.”