On This Day

What Happened on September 17, 1862

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • American Civil War: The Allegheny Arsenal explosion results in the single largest civilian disaster during the war; 78 workers killed.
  • Battle of Antietam [Battle of Sharpsburg], bloodiest day in the American Civil War: 22,000 dead, wounded or missing in first battle on Union soil
  • Battle of Cumberland Gap, TN-evacuted by Federals
  • Battle of Mumfordville, Kentucky, US Col J Wilder surrenders city

Famous Deaths

  • Lawrence O'Bryan Branch, (Rep-D)/Confederate brigadier general, dies at 41
  • William Edwin Starke, Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle at about 48