Taken at the Flood: Robert E. Lee and Confederate Strategy in the Maryland Campaign of 1862 / Edition 1

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Complementing Confederate Tide Rising, which covers the origins of the Maryland campaign, Taken at the Flood is a detailed account of the military campaign itself. It focuses on military policy and strategy and the context necessary to understand that strategy. A fair appraisal of the campaign requires a full appraisal of the circumstances under which the two commanders, Robert E. Lee and George B. McClellan, labored. Harsh attempts to discover what they believed their responsibilities were and what they tried to accomplish; to evaluate the human and logistical resources at their disposal; and to determine what they knew and when they learned it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873386319
  • Publisher: Kent State University Press
  • Publication date: 1/13/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 680
  • Lexile: 1460L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.42 (h) x 1.79 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps
Introduction. "On such a full sea ..." 1
Reprise. "From the interior to the frontier": Lee Reaches the Potomac, September 1, 1862 11
1 "We cannot afford to be idle": Lee's Strategic Dilemma, September 2-3, 1862 16
2 "More fully persuaded": Lee Crosses the Potomac, September 4-6, 1862 66
3 "In this I was disappointed": Lee Revises His Strategy, September 7-9, 1862 110
4 "Intercept such as may attempt escape": Lee's Best-Laid Plans, September 10-12, 1862 168
5 "More rapidly than convenient": Lee's Plans Unravel, September 13, 1862 212
6 "The day has gone against us": Lee Stands at the Mountain Gaps, September 14, 1862 253
7 "We will make our stand on these hills": Lee's Hope Renewed, September 15, 1862 298
8 "All will be right": Lee's Last Chance for Maneuver, September 16, 1862 330
9 "A hard day's work before us": Lee's Bloodiest Day, September 17, 1862 368
10 "Until none but heroes are left": Antietam Endgame, September 18-21, 1862, and After 430
Finale. "We have tried the utmost": Lee's Ventures Risked and Lost 480
Notes 497
Bibliography 591
Index 613
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  • Posted January 15, 2009

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    A Must Have for Antietam Enthusiasts

    This is an absorbing day by day, almost hour by hour account of the 1862 Maryland Campaign from the perspective of Robert E. Lee. You learn what Lee learned as he learned it. Lee's interactions with President Davis are covered and analyzed in great detail. Likewise, his orders and directions to subordinates are all thoroughly addressed. As the great campaign unfolds you view all the moving parts of it at all levels. And this is no dry analytical tome. You can almost feel the pain in Lee's sprained hands, or the warmth and humidity in the air - so well does Dr. Harsh evoke those feelings. And Dr. Harsh does not ignore the Federals. While the focus is on Lee, it is nonetheless one of the most objective and balanced accounts of George McClellan's actions in this campaign. As a battlefield guide at Antietam, this is my constant companion. I would recommend this work to anyone who is interested in this campaign. It is a great addition to your library.

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