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Still all quiet along the Potomac

Civil War history

September 24, 2012
By HARRY SCHOGER - Special to the Tribune Chronicle , Tribune Chronicle |

The week Sept. 24, 1862, was militarily quiet on all major fronts. The bloodiest day in American history, the Battle of Antietam, was now a week or more in the past. The Emancipation Proclamation had been issued on Sept. 22, 1862. So Gen. George B. McClellan, commander of the Union's Army of the Potomac, was back to doing the things he did best: reorganizing, drilling and resupplying his troops. Otherwise, there was only an occasional sniper's shot across the Potomac as the two armies regrouped.



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