Before Antietam: The Battle for South Mountain

Before Antietam: The Battle for South Mountain

by John Michael Priest
     
 

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Civil War buffs and scholars recognize the dates of September 16-18, 1862, as the period marking the bloodiest battle of the entire campaign--Antietam. But until now, the ten days prior to that event have remained in relative obscurity. Priest offers the first book-length, tactical exploration of the Maryland campaign and the Battles of South Mountain, describing the

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Civil War buffs and scholars recognize the dates of September 16-18, 1862, as the period marking the bloodiest battle of the entire campaign--Antietam. But until now, the ten days prior to that event have remained in relative obscurity. Priest offers the first book-length, tactical exploration of the Maryland campaign and the Battles of South Mountain, describing the decisive events leading up to Antietam. 79 illustrations.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The Battle for South Mountain during the Civil War has always been treated as a prelude to the major Battle of Antietam. Here, Priest, the author of several Civil War books, gives the first full study of the battle and emphasizes its importance. He details the troops' marches, bivouacs, and skirmishes but also gives the reactions of the civilians as they encounter the troops from both sides. The author uses the words and actions of the common soldiers involved, both blue and gray, to describe graphically the conditions preceding the battle, the intense fighting, and the horrrible conditions that were left afterward. Priest has used extensive letters, diaries, military records, and newspaper articles to create a vivid account of a battle for which both sides claimed a victory. Before Antietam sets the stage for the Battle of Antietam. It will make an excellent addition to all Civil War collections.-- W. Walter Wicker, Louisiana Tech Univ., Ruston
From the Publisher
"The first full study of the battle."—Library Journal collections. —Library Journal

"John Michael Priest has done an admirable job capturing in detail this often overlooked precursor to the battle of Antietam."—Journal of American History

"Using an impressive array of primary accounts, Priest captures what it was like for both the Union and Confederate junior grade officers and their men on the march and in battle."—Journal of Southern History

"Priest has reprised the meticulous research and compelling story-telling that earned acclaim for his first book, Antietam: The Soldiers Battle, in a worthy prequel."—America's Civil War

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781572494077
Publisher:
White Mane Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/28/2011
Pages:
458
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

About the Author:
John Michael Priest is the author of Antietem: The Soldiers' Battle, and the editor in chief of From New Bern to Fredericksburg: Captain James Wren's Civil War Diary. He is a member of the Civil War Education Association in Winchester, Virginia, and is currently working on two other Civil War book projects.

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