To Antietam Creek
Hartwig (supervisory park historian, Gettysburg National Military Park) provides the first of what will be a two-volume set on the Maryland Campaign and battle of September 1862 commemorating the sesquicentennial of Antietam and the campaign. While the battle between the forces of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and returned Army of the Potomac General George B. McClellan lasted just two weeks, it has been considered pivotal to the course of the Civil War. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Johns Hopkins University Press
In early September 1862 thousands of Union soldiers huddled within the defenses of Washington, disorganized and discouraged from their recent defeat at Second Manassas. Confederate General Robert E. Lee then 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 War.
For the sesquicentennial of Antietam and the Maryland Campaign, D. Scott Hartwig delivers a riveting first installment of a two-volume study of the campaign and climactic battle. It 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.
the Maryland Campaign of September 1862
The Army of Northern Virginia: "Who could not conquer with troops such as these"
The Army of Northern Virginia enters Maryland: "Our movements will be rapid"
The Army of the Potomac: "If we fail now the North has no hope"
The Army of the Potomac advances to Frederick: "You may be sure that I will follow them as closely as I can"
Harpers Ferry: "To the last extremity"
The Battle for Maryland Heights: "For god's sake don't fall back"
September 13: "My general idea is to cut the enemy in two"
The morning battle for Fox's Gap: "My god! Be careful!"
Afternoon at Fox's Gap: "So little did we know of the etiquette of war"
The First Corps attacks: "It looked like a task to storm"
The Battle for Hill 1280: "Some of you will get hurt"
Into Turner's Gap: "An ugly looking place to attack"
Crampton's Gap: "The best fighting that has been done in this war"
Retreat from South Mountain: "God has seldom given an army a grater victory than this"
The trap closes and a cavalry dash: "The fate of Harper's Ferry was sealed"
The fall of Harpers Ferry: "Through god's blessing, Harper's Ferry and its garrison are to be surrendered"
September 16: "We are entirely too methodical"
Eve of battle: "I shall not, however, soon forget that night"
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