Promise of Glory

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Robert E. Lee knew that he had to keep the momentum of the Confederate forces moving forward, bringing the Army of Northern Virginia and the war itself north into Union territory. A decisive string of victories might embolden foreign powers to join the Confederacy's fight.

On September 13, a piece of paper marked Special Orders No. 191 fell into Union general George McClellan's hands. It was a message from Lee to his generals detailing his ...

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Robert E. Lee knew that he had to keep the momentum of the Confederate forces moving forward, bringing the Army of Northern Virginia and the war itself north into Union territory. A decisive string of victories might embolden foreign powers to join the Confederacy's fight.

On September 13, a piece of paper marked Special Orders No. 191 fell into Union general George McClellan's hands. It was a message from Lee to his generals detailing his master plan for opening an invasion of the North…but could it be trusted?

This is the story of the battle of Antietam and the events leading up to the fateful day when Union casualties topped 12,000 and Confederate casualties topped 11,000, when such memorable figures of military history as Lee and McClellan, as well as Burnside, Longstreetp, Hooker, and Jackson, all took part.

Promise of Glory is the story of these men, their officers, and the soldiers of both armies, who so valiantly served their cause. C.X. Moreau has faithfully created their common history and brought to life the drama and the tragedy of the battle of Antietam.

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This first novel offers a clear if sometimes too flowery account of the bloodiest single day of the Civil War--the Battle of Antietam. Moreau's delineation of the sequence of events that thwarted Robert E. Lee's proposed 1862 invasion of Maryland and Pennsylvania and gave the Union its first significant--albeit only nominal--victory is precise and more than competently rendered. Military history, troop movements and the geography of the Sharpsburg area are presented with workmanlike accuracy. Moreau focuses his narrative on the usual collection of military principals--Lee, Jackson and Longstreet for the South; McClellan, Hooker and Burnsides for the North--augmenting their shifting points of view with the perspectives of some less prominent personalities. In general, Moreau holds steady to the standard course of established biographies and histories and offers few divergences from conventional thinking, though he sometimes displays a Southern bias. Lee is once more the reluctant warrior, torn between duty and family; McClellan is again the marginal incompetent, an overly cautious martinet who relies too closely on the sycophantic advice of the cowardly Fitz John Porter. In the end the overwhelming numbers of the federal army force Lee to withdraw to Maryland, thereby giving Lincoln a chance to declare a victory. Moreau's research is impeccable and smoothly incorporated, and his descriptions of battle scenes are vivid if overwritten in places. Yet the narrative comes off more as docudrama than pure fiction, and in spite of a clarity of details and chronology, adds little to extant accounts of this infamous historical event. (Sept.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312872724
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/1/2000
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 302
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

C.X.Moreau is the pseudonym for a former Marine NCO and veteran of the Lebanon deployments. Distant Valor was his first novel and he is an avid Civil War buff.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2002

    Decaf description of the battle

    In the end, Promise of Glory does not live up to its promise. From the beginning, the book spends more than half of its pages on the events leading up to the battle (no surprise). Unfortunately, the author provides the most transparent description and analysis of these events as seen through the eyes of the 'characters.' The battle itself is given marginally better description, where the author emphasizes the struggle in the cornfield at the north end of the battlefield. Shamefully, the author overlooks the attacks at the sunken road and Burnside's Bridge -- combined, the book reserves not more than ten pages to these events. As an introduction to the campaign, the book is acceptable, but as 'fictional-history,' there will be no mistaking the book for the Killer Angels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2000

    Outstanding Civil War Novel!

    Excellent read! This is a wonderful novel that accurately portrays the events surrounding the battles of South Mountain and Antietam, culminating in the battle at Sharpsburg and its aftermath. Serious students of the Civil War will recognize the author's deft touch with historical fact and appreciate his keen research and eye for detail. The characters are brought to life in such a manner that the reader is drawn into the story from the opening chapter. This novel is a great read for Civil War enthusiasts, and many of the smallest details of the story will appeal to the reader. Mr. Moreau has delivered a story that is similiar in scope and style to The Killer Angels. I found Moreau's writing to be engaging, and very detail oriented. While this book is first and foremost a novel, Mr. Moreau never loses sight of historical fact or events. It is a great read for both the novice and serious historian. Moreau's treatment of the various men he uses to tell the story, Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, George McClellan, James Longstreet, etc. . . is both sensitive and a pleasure to read. He manages to bring these men to life and portray them as human beings engaged in a great struggle but utterly human and engaging. I would recommend this novel to any reader who enjoys well crafted historical fiction or those wishing to learn more about the Civil War. Outstanding!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2000

    Great Read!

    After just beginning interest in the Civil War, this novel came out at a perfect time. Wonderfully written and captures the true flavor of civil war life during the Battle of Antietam and the events leading up to it. Moreau brought to life not only the well known Generals of the Civil War but also many of the average humans who gave their lives for such a noble cause. One can tell by reading this book that Moreau did a lot of research and likely walked the ground himself to get a feeling of what it was like during the bloodiest day of the Civil War. A must read for anyone with Civil War interest.

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