“1937 ANTIETAM COMMEMORATIVE HALF DOLLAR" (22 minutes) More Americans died on Sept. 17, 1862 than on any other day in our history. Robert E. Lee’s bold move into Maryland, with plans to push into Pennsylvania, collided with some 40,000 Federal troops under General McClellan near the sleepy town of Sharpsburg. By 5 p.m., some 23,000 soldiers lay dead or wounded — and Antietam Creek would never be considered bucolic again. This is a summary of the carnage, and of the design of a commemorative half dollar by William Marks Simpson, Jr. featuring Lee, McClelland, and Burnside Bridge. Simpson will soon have his own NumiStorica presentation.
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