The Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest day in American History,

actually had its anniversary yeaterday, 142 years ago. I was reminded of this at Horsefeathers, which says about Antietam:

In 14 hours of battle, culminating in a stalemate, Antietam resulted in nine times as many Americans killed or wounded (23,000 soldiers) as took place on June 6, 1944–D-day. More soldiers were killed and wounded at the Battle of Antietam than all Americans killed and wounded in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican War, and Spanish-American War combined.

Stephen also adds the famous Mill quote:

“War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature, and has no chance of being free unless made or kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.”

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