It's no secret that military orders can be very unwise...

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19 July, 2016, 3:55 PM UTC

“Do not cross!”

It is no secret that military orders can be very unwise. But did you know how many lives one bad decision can take?

During the American Civil War, twelve thousand soldiers led by General Ambrose Burnside fought only 400 southern soldiers in the Battle of Antietam in 1862. The two armies were separated by a small creek. Union forces spent three hours looking for a ford across the creek, but there was none. It was then decided that they would go over the bridge. Southerners were able to hold the enemy forces in the narrow space of the bridge until reinforcements arrived… It was the bloodiest single-day battle in American history.

‘What is so unwise about it?’ you’d ask. Well, the creek was very shallow, and the Union army could have easily crossed it. It would have ended the war two years earlier.

Do you always give wise orders?

Oberon, Heir of Veyon, Scion of the Firstborn, Lord Regent of Stormfall
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