To Antietam Creek: The Maryland Campaign of September 1862

To Antietam Creek: The Maryland Campaign of September 1862 An excellent look at the period leading up to the Battle of Antietam in 1862 I was especially impressed with the details on the Battle of South Mountain, and am looking forward to the book on the battle itself. Highly DetailedTook me five years to finish One of the best Civil War histories I have read a comprehensive, thorough look at the leadup to the Battle of Antietam Hartwig does well what many Civil War histories do poorly provide a detailed examination not so much of how the battle of fought, but why it was fought where it was, why the timing of events occurred as they did, etc Too often Civil War battle histories simply state that this formation arrived just at this moment, but the logic of how and why they arrive which is, in the One of the best Civil War histories I have read a comprehensive, thorough look at the leadup to the Battle of Antietam Hartwig does well what many Civil War histories do poorly provide a detailed examination not so much of how the battle of fought, but why it was fought where it was, why the timing of events occurred as they did, etc Too often Civil War battle histories simply state that this formation arrived just at this moment, but the logic of how and why they arrive which is, in the end, the difference in the fight is largely unexamined Hartwig remedies that omission in glorious detail and vivid writing that makes what, for some, may seem like the dull logistics and maneuvering of an army on the march into the high paced race for time and position that it was Can t wait for the next book With that said, this is definitely a book for Civil War buffs if you just want a basic overview of the campaign and key events, look elsewhere This is for those of us who want to revel in the glorious details of how a campaign was fought and won Excellently researched and written very well Hartwig s history is very detailed. In Septemberthe Federal army huddled within the defenses of Washington, disorganized and discouraged from its recent defeat at Second Manassas Confederate General Robert E Lee led his tough and confident Army of Northern Virginia into Maryland in a bold gamble to force a showdown that would win Southern independence The future of the Union hung in the balance The campaign that followed lasted only two weeks, but it changed the course of the Civil WarFor the sesquicentennial of Antietam and the Maryland Campaign, D Scott Hartwig delivers a two volume study of the campaign and climactic battle This riveting first installment takes the reader from the controversial return of George B McClellan as commander of the Army of the Potomac through the Confederate invasion, the siege and capture of Harpers Ferry, the day long Battle of South Mountain, and ultimately, to the eve of the great and terrible Battle of Antietam pages in total,pages of narrative

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