The Long Road to Antietam: How the Civil War Became a Revolutionby Richard Slotkin
A masterful account of the Civil War's turning point in the tradition of James McPherson's Crossroads of Freedom.In the summer of 1862, after a year of protracted fighting, Abraham Lincoln decided on a radical change of strategy—one that abandoned hope for a compromise peace and committed the nation to all-out war. The centerpiece of that new/p>/em>
A masterful account of the Civil War's turning point in the tradition of James McPherson's Crossroads of Freedom.In the summer of 1862, after a year of protracted fighting, Abraham Lincoln decided on a radical change of strategy—one that abandoned hope for a compromise peace and committed the nation to all-out war. The centerpiece of that new strategy was the Emancipation Proclamation: an unprecedented use of federal power that would revolutionize Southern society. In The Long Road to Antietam, Richard Slotkin, a renowned cultural historian, reexamines the challenges that Lincoln encountered during that anguished summer 150 years ago. In an original and incisive study of character, Slotkin re-creates the showdown between Lincoln and General George McClellan, the “Young Napoleon” whose opposition to Lincoln included obsessive fantasies of dictatorship and a military coup. He brings to three-dimensional life their ruinous conflict, demonstrating how their political struggle provided Confederate General Robert E. Lee with his best opportunity to win the war, in the grand offensive that ended in September of 1862 at the bloody Battle of Antietam.
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The author of the award-winning American history trilogy Regeneration Through Violence, The Fatal Environment, and Gunfighter Nation, Richard Slotkin, an emeritus professor at Wesleyan University, won the Shaara Award for Civil War fiction for Abe. He lives in Middletown, Connecticut.
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This is the best book I have read on the battle of Antietam and the surrounding political issues. Slotkin's writing style is very fluid and easy to follow. If you enjoy history that connects events in the past with the long-run of social change, you will enjoy this book. Highly recommend.
There is some new insight in "The Road to Antetum" like several Generals wanted General McClellan to over throw the goverment. Although McClellan had the opertunaty he never hsd the guts to do it. His men supported him and would have done what ever McClellan wanted them to do. True to form McClellan couldn't act on it, even with over whelming odds.
This is an excellent book, very well researched, and a very good read.