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Battle of Antietam The Battle of Antietam was a turning point in the Civil War. In the span of several hours, there would be more loss of American life than in any other battle before or since, leaving one in four of the soldiers who took part either dead or wounded by the end of the day. Inside you will read about... ✓ Maryland, My Maryland… ✓ McClellan’s Army ✓ The Battle of Antietam The Battle of Antietam was a turning point in the Civil War. In the span of several hours, there would be more loss of American life than in any other battle before or since, leaving one in four of the soldiers who took part either dead or wounded by the end of the day. Inside you will read about... ✓ Maryland, My Maryland… ✓ McClellan’s Army ✓ The Opening Gambit ✓ Harper’s Ferry ✓ Dunker Church & The Woods ✓ The Cornfield ✓ Bloody Lane And much more! What led to such a disastrous conclusion? And could something positive come from such an appalling massacre? The focus of the war was about to change. So too was how the American people viewed war as a whole.


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Battle of Antietam The Battle of Antietam was a turning point in the Civil War. In the span of several hours, there would be more loss of American life than in any other battle before or since, leaving one in four of the soldiers who took part either dead or wounded by the end of the day. Inside you will read about... ✓ Maryland, My Maryland… ✓ McClellan’s Army ✓ The Battle of Antietam The Battle of Antietam was a turning point in the Civil War. In the span of several hours, there would be more loss of American life than in any other battle before or since, leaving one in four of the soldiers who took part either dead or wounded by the end of the day. Inside you will read about... ✓ Maryland, My Maryland… ✓ McClellan’s Army ✓ The Opening Gambit ✓ Harper’s Ferry ✓ Dunker Church & The Woods ✓ The Cornfield ✓ Bloody Lane And much more! What led to such a disastrous conclusion? And could something positive come from such an appalling massacre? The focus of the war was about to change. So too was how the American people viewed war as a whole.

30 review for Battle of Antietam: A History From Beginning to End

  1. 4 out of 5

    Thom Swennes

    On April 12, 1861, when troops under General P.T.G. Beauregard fired on the Federal fort of Ft. Sumter, Americans on both sides of the conflict were sure hostilities would end within the month. This, as history has shown us, was not the case. At First and Second Bull Run, battles fought just over the Potomac River, close to Washington, the Confederate Army was victorious. Afterward, the Union morale was at an all-time low and Confederate spirits were high but their stomachs were empty, uniforms On April 12, 1861, when troops under General P.T.G. Beauregard fired on the Federal fort of Ft. Sumter, Americans on both sides of the conflict were sure hostilities would end within the month. This, as history has shown us, was not the case. At First and Second Bull Run, battles fought just over the Potomac River, close to Washington, the Confederate Army was victorious. Afterward, the Union morale was at an all-time low and Confederate spirits were high but their stomachs were empty, uniforms in tatters, and many marched barefoot. When General Robert E. Lee led his Army of Northern Virginia into Maryland in September of 1862, he was seeking comforts and basic necessities for his army. He also hoped to get Major General George B. McClellan’s Army of the Potomac into a pitched battle he felt sure he could win. Another decisive victory could assure the support of Great Britain and France for the C.S.A. The Battle of Antietam took place on September 17, 1862, along Antietam Creek by the town of Sharpsburg, Maryland. The Union tends to remember their battles by the names of geographical features in the area, and the Confederacy uses the name of the closest town for the same battle. It must also be noted that some historians consider the Battle of Antietam as the first invasive battle by the Confederacy. Technically Maryland wasn’t a Union state but belonged to a group known as the Free States and remained in the Union but with many sympathizing with the South. The battle ended in a stalemate but more Americans died on that fateful day than in any other battle in U.S. history (7,650). The Army of Northern Virginia returned to their side of the battlefront and the Army of the Potomac licked their wounds and prepare for a long war. President Abraham Lincoln had a result favorable enough to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the Southern slaves. More Americans died in the Civil War (750,000) than in World War I and World War II combined. This short synopsis of a battle doesn’t relate the horror of war or give an accurate perspective of the entire situation. It does provide enough information to make most readers hungry to learn more. If this is the case, this short history is a resounding success.

  2. 4 out of 5

    ROY Law

    Thoughts on this book. This book realyy highlighted the difficulty of the Union's leadership of it's generals and the poor training of many of its troops at this battle. If not for the veteran troops and it's company grade officers, I feel it could have been a disaster for the North. Luckily Lee also made some blunders, and although this war would go on for several more years, it did allow the final victory that reunited this country of ours.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ed Barton

    Good Coverage The book offers a good, basic, coverage of the battle of Antietam. The battle was a watershed in terms of both influence at the national level and in terms of casualties. It also demonstrated the limitations of the Union commanders in taking initiative and understanding the deep battle. A good overview.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Paula Coley

    Well written and informative. I've always had such a love for history. While reading about the happy and positive moments is important... I also believe it to be just as important to remember the horrors as well. Antietam was a defining moment in the Civil War. Thank you for not skimming over the facts and presenting the reader with the realities of what those soldiers faced.

  5. 4 out of 5

    mr ralph james kelly

    Battle of Antietam Read Battle of Antietam, as I am getting into the American civil war era. Have always like history, and the history of the Native American Subjecation. Although this is not about the Native American, it is about the is army who fought against them. Would recommend this book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tim Shepard

    Well done A well researched and written book about the battle of Antietam. While the book looks at the major events and moments in the battle it is not a concise and thorough telling of the events. For those looking for an understanding of the main events of the battle this book will serve you well.

  7. 5 out of 5

    jparvinjr

    This book of the battle of Antietam , which I have knowledge of but had never read any books about. The reason I have the two stars is that the book didn't give me enough information to get me a total view point of the total battle.

  8. 4 out of 5

    John Karlson

    Very good read about every bad two days in the history of USA. Very well written. Worth your while no matter your feelings about this piece of American history. Recommend the book. Well written, and easy to read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Poorly edited.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Glen Hartman

    Short read Surprisingly short. Not as much detail A expected. Gives a quick look at one of pivotal battles of second war for ibdependence

  11. 4 out of 5

    George Polansky

    A good review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bruce

    Conveys a convincing picture of the horror and waste of war.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ray Ferreira

  14. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Mailund

  15. 4 out of 5

    Marshall R. Smith

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ryan McElroy

  17. 5 out of 5

    Richard Ellis

  18. 4 out of 5

    Barry bish

  19. 5 out of 5

    Paul Birch

  20. 4 out of 5

    Edwin Lowe

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ron Jacob Radcliffe ( Scorpion King )

  22. 5 out of 5

    James Atwell

  23. 4 out of 5

    Aastha Kanwar

  24. 4 out of 5

    robert cote

  25. 5 out of 5

    Francine Crochetiere

  26. 5 out of 5

    George Wang

  27. 5 out of 5

    mark solo

  28. 4 out of 5

    Gerry Teixeira

  29. 5 out of 5

    punit

  30. 5 out of 5

    graham jukes

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