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The Antietam campaign
Gallagher, Gary W.
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Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [1999]

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xv, 335 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
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E474.65 .A59 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The Maryland campaign of September 1862 ranks among the most important military operations of the American Civil War. Crucial political, diplomatic, and military issues were at stake as Robert E. Lee and George B. McClellan maneuvered and fought in the western part of the state. The climactic clash came on September 17 at the battle of Antietam, where more than 23,000 men fell in the single bloodiest day of the war.

Approaching topics related to Lee's and McClellan's operations from a variety of perspectives, contributors to this volume explore questions regarding military leadership, strategy, and tactics, the impact of the fighting on officers and soldiers in both armies, and the ways in which participants and people behind the lines interpreted and remembered the campaign. They also discuss the performance of untried military units and offer a look at how the United States Army used the Antietam battlefield as an outdoor classroom for its officers in the early twentieth century.

The contributors are William A. Blair, Keith S. Bohannon, Peter S. Carmichael, Gary W. Gallagher, Lesley J. Gordon, D. Scott Hartwig, Robert E. L. Krick, Robert K. Krick, Carol Reardon, and Brooks D. Simpson.

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Gallagher (Univ. of Virginia), editor of several Civil War books, offers this interesting collection of essays treating Lee's 1862 invasion of the North and the critical Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg). One article on the Army of the Potomac argues that the force reflected McClellan's cautious attitudes toward warfare, Lincoln, and politicians in general. Another essay covers the army's substantial inexperience, while a third traces the rehabilitation of the 16th Connecticut Regiment's mediocre performance. Essays on the Army of Northern Virginia study its logistics (not enough for an invasion of Maryland, but improvement came afterward) and the performance of specific units at Nicodemus Heights, Bloody Lane, and Shepherdstown. Other articles examine the Southern reaction to Antietam, generally seeing it as a success while glorifying Lee, and trace the Confederate view of Maryland from sympathy for an oppressed sister state (thus providing justification for secession to protect Southern rights) to contempt when it refused to rebel during Lee's invasion. A final essay examines the Army War College's later use of the campaign as a training device. Overall, a good addition to the literature on Antietam. Upper-division undergraduates and above. P. L. de Rosa; Bridgewater State College

Table of Contents

The Net Result of the Campaign Was in Our Favor: Confederate Reaction to the Maryland CampaignGary W. Gallagher
General McClellan's Bodyguard: The Army of the Potomac after Antietam BrooksD. Simpson Maryland
Our Maryland: Or How Lincoln and His Army Helped to Define the ConfederacyWilliam A. BlairDirty, Ragged, and Ill-Provided For: Confederate Logistical Problems in the 1862 Maryland Campaign and Their Solutions and Keith S. Bohannon
Who Would Not Be a Soldier: The Volunteers of '62 in the Maryland CampaignD. Scott Hartwig
All Who Went into That Battle Were Heroes: Remembering the 16th Regiment Connecticut Volunteers atAntietam Lesley J. Gordon
Defending Lee's FlankJ. E. B. Stuart and John Pelham and Robert E. L. Krick
It Appeared As Though Mutual Extermination Would Put a Stop to the Awful Carnage: Confederates in Sharpsburg's Bloody LaneRobert K. Krick
We Don't Know What on Earth to Do with HimWilliam Nelson Pendleton and the Affair at Shepherdstown, September 19, 1862 and Peter S. Carmichael
From Antietam to the Argonne: The Maryland Campaign's Lessons for Future Leaders of the American Expeditionary ForceCarol Reardon
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