Promise of Glory: A Novel of Antietam
  • Promise of Glory: A Novel of Antietam
  • Promise of Glory: A Novel of Antietam

Promise of Glory: A Novel of Antietam

by C. X. Moreau
     
 

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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 northward into Union territory. A decisive string of victories might embolden foreign allies to join the Confederacy's fight.
On September 13, a piece of paper marked Special Orders No.191 fell into Union General

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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 northward into Union territory. A decisive string of victories might embolden foreign allies to join the Confederacy's fight.
On September 13, a piece of paper marked Special Orders No.191 fell into Union General McClellan's hands. On 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 where Union casualties topped 12,000 and Confederate casualties topped 11,000, where not just such memorable figures of military history as Lee and McClellan, but also Burnside, Longstreet, Hooker, and Jackson all took part.

Editorial Reviews

The Virginian Pilot

After all that has been written about the bloody battles of the Civil War, chroniclers are hard put these days to add something that really grabs our attention or lets us see more clearly what happened. However Moreau has succeeded on both counts in his earthy, day to day refighting of one of the bloodiest of those battles--Antietam.
The Washington Times

...authentic ... a readable, exciting view of the nation's bloodiest day.
The Baltimore Sun

To the already sizable shelf of Antietam books, Moreau has added a verbal movie. Its celebrity cast performs with dash and distinction.
The Tampa Tribune & Times

Moreau uses Antietam and the incredible human destruction and failure of leadership that evolved there as a backdrop to examine the status of the war and where the leaders were taking it ... his book reflects solid research and provides a penetrating look into this terrible conflict.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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:
9780765316509
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
06/27/2006
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
946,656
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)

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