Antietam 1862: The Civil War's Bloodiest Day (Praeger Illustrated Military History Series)

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Antietam was one of the critical battles of the American Civil War. The fortunes of the South were riding high after the resounding victory at Second Manassas. While Bragg and Kirby Smith invaded Kentucky, Lee's invasion of Maryland was intended to maintain the momentum of the Southern offensive and win the recognition of the European powers. But the Confederates' bold plan was compromised and at the Antietam River the Army of Northern Virginia found itself fighting for its very life. This title examines the ...

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Antietam was one of the critical battles of the American Civil War. The fortunes of the South were riding high after the resounding victory at Second Manassas. While Bragg and Kirby Smith invaded Kentucky, Lee's invasion of Maryland was intended to maintain the momentum of the Southern offensive and win the recognition of the European powers. But the Confederates' bold plan was compromised and at the Antietam River the Army of Northern Virginia found itself fighting for its very life. This title examines the build-up to Antietam, and details the famous clashes at Bloody Lane and Burnside Bridge. The battle marked the end of Robert E. Lee's first invasion of the North, and still stands as the single bloodiest day in American military history.

Antietam was one of the critical battles of the American Civil War. The fortunes of the South were riding high after the resounding victory at Second Manassas. While Bragg and Kirby Smith invaded Kentucky, Lee's invasion of Maryland was intended to maintain the Southern offensive momentum, to wrest Maryland from the Union and to win the recognition of the European powers. But his bold plan was compromised - and at the Antietam River the Army of Northern Virginia was fighting for its very life. The battle marked the end of Robert E. Lee's first invasion of the North, and still stands as the single bloodiest day in American military history. Its political impact was just as profound. The Northern victory encouraged Lincoln to make public the Emancipation Proclamation in a presidential decree of 22 September 1862, to take effect from 1 January 1863. After Antietam the war went beyond mere politics: not only the maintenance of the Union but also the destruction of slavery and the survival of both Northern and Southern societies were explicitly at stake.

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MAJOR NORMAN S. STEVENS is a long time student of the American civil war. He is currently an Assistant Professor of history at the Virginia Military Institute.
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Table of Contents

The campaign 7
McClellan takes command 7
Lee's invasion of Maryland 9
Special order 191 11
The opposing commanders 15
The Federal commanders 15
The Confederate commanders 17
The opposing armies 21
South Mountain 33
The battle of Crampton's Gap 33
The battle of Turner's Gap 35
Opposing plans, 17 September 1862 42
Antietam : Hooker's attack 45
I corps attacks 45
Hood's counter-attack 48
XII corps attacks 49
II corps attacks 53
The McLaws - Walker counter-attack 56
Antietam : Bloody Lane 60
The initial attacks 62
The exposed flank 64
Antietam : Burnside Bridge 72
The crossing 75
The attack on Sharpsburg 80
Hill to the rescue 80
Aftermath 85
The battlefield today 89
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