Gleam of Bayonets: The Battle of Antietam and Robert E. Lee's Maryland Campaign, September 1862

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One of the bloodiest days in American military history, the Battle of Antietam turned the tide of the Civil War in favor of the North and delivered the first major defeat to Robert E. Lee's army. In The Gleam of Bayonets, James V. Murfin gives a compelling account of the events and personalities involved in this momentous battle. The gentleness and patience of Lincoln, the vacillations of McClellan, and the grandeur of Lee -- all unfold before the reader. The battle itself is presented with precision and scope as...

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Overview

One of the bloodiest days in American military history, the Battle of Antietam turned the tide of the Civil War in favor of the North and delivered the first major defeat to Robert E. Lee's army. In The Gleam of Bayonets, James V. Murfin gives a compelling account of the events and personalities involved in this momentous battle. The gentleness and patience of Lincoln, the vacillations of McClellan, and the grandeur of Lee -- all unfold before the reader. The battle itself is presented with precision and scope as Murfin blends together atmosphere and fact, emotions and tactics, into a dramatic and coherent whole. Originally published in 1965, The Gleam of Bayonets is now recognized as a classic and the standard against which all books on Antietam are measured.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807130209
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 451
  • Sales rank: 1,045,911
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

James V. Murfin (1929--1987) spent most of his life chronicling the dramatic battle that took place close to his boyhood home of Hagerstown, Maryland. He worked for the National Park Service in the Publication's Division at Harpers Ferry for seventeen years and was the author or editor of more than a dozen books, including Harpers Ferry and National Parks of the U.S.A. The Murfin Theater at Antietam National Battlefield Visitors Center is named in his honor.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 25
1 McClellan - Lincoln's dilemma 35
2 "The most propitious time" 63
3 "The flower of Lee's army" 88
4 "All the plans of the rebels" 113
5 Harpers Ferry 135
6 South Mountain 159
7 "Harper's Ferry is to be surrendered" 186
8 The gleam of bayonets 209
9 Bloody lane 245
10 Burnside Bridge 267
11 "Fatal Thursday" 289
12 "McClellan's bodyguard" 308
13 Epilogue 325
App. A Lee's "lost dispatch" 328
App. B A Confederate proclamation to Pennsylvania 339
App. C Organization of the Union and Confederate armies at the battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg), September 17, 1862 343
App. D Maryland campaign casualty reports 374
App. E Important documents pertaining to the Maryland campaign of 1862 378
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2001

    The Maryland Campaign done justice....

    James V. Murfin's book is an excellent look at Lee's Maryland Campaign. He deals with each stage of the historic campaign that could very well have turned the entire Civil War to the favor of the Confederacy. He has thoroughly researched this book and explored every angle of this exciting subject. The book is written from an unbiased point of view, which is rare. He favors neither side, but rather gives the facts and allows the reader to draw his or her own conclusions. I would recommend this book to any serious student of the Civil War.

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