The Antietam Campaign

The Antietam Campaign

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by Gary W. Gallagher
     
 

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The Maryland campaign of September 1862 ranks among the most important military operations of the American Civil War. Crucial political, diplomatic, and military issues were at stake as Robert E. Lee and George B. McClellan maneuvered and fought in the western part of the state. The climactic clash came on September 17 at the battle of Antietam, where more than

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The Maryland campaign of September 1862 ranks among the most important military operations of the American Civil War. Crucial political, diplomatic, and military issues were at stake as Robert E. Lee and George B. McClellan maneuvered and fought in the western part of the state. The climactic clash came on September 17 at the battle of Antietam, where more than 23,000 men fell in the single bloodiest day of the war.

Approaching topics related to Lee's and McClellan's operations from a variety of perspectives, contributors to this volume explore questions regarding military leadership, strategy, and tactics, the impact of the fighting on officers and soldiers in both armies, and the ways in which participants and people behind the lines interpreted and remembered the campaign. They also discuss the performance of untried military units and offer a look at how the United States Army used the Antietam battlefield as an outdoor classroom for its officers in the early twentieth century.

The contributors are William A. Blair, Keith S. Bohannon, Peter S. Carmichael, Gary W. Gallagher, Lesley J. Gordon, D. Scott Hartwig, Robert E. L. Krick, Robert K. Krick, Carol Reardon, and Brooks D. Simpson.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This paperback . . . will make this fine work readily available and affordable for college classrooms and firesides tables, where it can inform, enlighten, and entertain."
Military History of the West

[This book] significantly advances our understanding of a well-known clash between the North and the South.

Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography

This collection of essays edited by Professor Gary Gallagher offers entertaining passages, interesting details, and thought-provoking ideas.

Journal of Southern History

Gallagher again demonstrates that he is willing to challenge traditional and recent revisionist interpretations of the Civil War with equal energy.

North Carolina Historical Review

The Antietam Campaign is at once a lively and provocative read.

Southern Historian

The book deserves a place on bookshelves next to the standard monographs about the Battle of Sharpsburg.

Civil War History

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807858943
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
02/25/2008
Series:
Military Campaigns of the Civil War Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.90(d)

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From the Publisher
This collection of essays edited by Professor Gary Gallagher offers entertaining passages, interesting details, and thought-provoking ideas. The entries in the book also have complementary strengths: some are valuable for the wealth of their information, others are valuable for the depth of their analyses. All of them are enjoyable to read. This volume should attract a large and varied audience.—Journal of Southern History

[This book] significantly advances our understanding of a well-known clash between the North and the South. . . . The essays in this volume, as in the earlier entries in this fine series, show that it is still possible for scholars to explore new and challenging interpretations of the legendary but familiar battles of the Civil War. Blending tactical and strategic analysis with insights into social, cultural, political, and economic trends, The Antietam Campaign is fascinating and instructive. . . . It should inspire historians of the Middle Period to adopt a similarly rigorous, analytical approach to the study of the war's battles.—Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography

This is a far-ranging and provocative collection of essays. As intended, it both informs and challenges.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

Some of the most important and innovative scholarship on Civil War battles and their political and social impact has appeared in the volumes of the Military Campaigns of the Civil War series. I strongly recommend these essays to everyone who is interested in the latest findings and interpretations.—James M. McPherson, author of For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War

[Gallagher] forges ten finely crafted essays into a stunning piece of scholarship. . . . Engagingly written, the essays provide an abundance of fresh and noteworthy insights that should stimulate further research into other topics. . . . For any serious student or reader, this set of essays is mandatory reading.—Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

A well-crafted collection of reasoned and thought provoking examinations of issues revolving around the battle. Your Antietam library is incomplete without it.—Civil War News

In this book, Gallagher again demonstrates that he is willing to challenge traditional and recent revisionist interpretations of the Civil War with equal energy. He and this team of writers collectively combat the popular and often incorrect interpretations of the war. The Antietam Campaign offers many new insights and is highly recommended to the serious student of the Civil War.—North Carolina Historical Review

This paperback . . . will make this fine work readily available and affordable for college classrooms and firesides tables, where it can inform, enlighten, and entertain.—Military History of the West

Each of the articles in The Antietam Campaign is well researched and written in a delightful prose style befitting the interesting subject matter. A brief but insightful bibliographical essay compliments the notes accompanying each article. Readers with an interest in the Maryland Campaign and a sound grasp of the general scenario will find these detailed pieces both thought provoking and instructive.—Civil War Regiments

Anyone interested in bringing into sharp relief their own assumptions surrounding the Antietam campaign would do well to consult this volume.—North & South

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Meet the Author

Gary W. Gallagher is John L. Nau III Professor of History at the University of Virginia and author or editor of numerous books, including Lee and His Army in Confederate History and The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864 (both from the University of North Carolina Press).

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