To Antietam Creek
The Maryland Campaign of September 1862
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.
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