To Antietam Creek: The Maryland Campaign of September 1862 [NOOK Book]

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In early September 1862 thousands of Union soldiers huddled within the defenses of Washington, disorganized and discouraged from their recent defeat at Second Manassas. Confederate General Robert E. Lee then led his tough and confident Army of Northern Virginia into Maryland in a bold gamble to force a showdown that would win Southern independence. The future of the Union hung in the balance. The campaign that followed lasted only two weeks, but it changed the course of the ...

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Overview

In early September 1862 thousands of Union soldiers huddled within the defenses of Washington, disorganized and discouraged from their recent defeat at Second Manassas. Confederate General Robert E. Lee then led his tough and confident Army of Northern Virginia into Maryland in a bold gamble to force a showdown that would win Southern independence. The future of the Union hung in the balance. The campaign that followed lasted only two weeks, but it changed the course of the Civil War.

For the sesquicentennial of Antietam and the Maryland Campaign, D. Scott Hartwig delivers a riveting first installment of a two-volume study of the campaign and climactic battle. It takes the reader from the controversial return of George B. McClellan as commander of the Army of the Potomac through the Confederate invasion, the siege and capture of Harpers Ferry, the day-long Battle of South Mountain, and, ultimately, to the eve of the great and terrible Battle of Antietam.

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Editorial Reviews

Lone Star Book Review

The first volume of this two volume set is so very well written and all-inclusive on the detailed facts of this Maryland Campaign that it looks like this two volume set just might be the very best ever written on this campaign and battle.

The Lone Star Book Review

The first volume of this two volume set is so very well written and all-inclusive on the detailed facts of this Maryland Campaign that it looks like this two volume set just might be the very best ever written on this campaign and battle.

Civil War Book Review - Harry S. Laver

It is difficult to imagine that a future study on this campaign could supersede Hartwig's work.

Blue and Gray Magazine - Arnold Blumberg

A new and monumental study of the origins and initiation of the Maryland Campaign of 1862... To Antietam Creek: The Maryland Campaign of September 1862 is a tour de force which will stand as the preeminent and final word on the subject... A must read for any serious Civil War student interested in the crucial events leading up to the Battle of Antietam. It is an instant classic on the subject, superbly written, and a ready preface to what will be an equally important and fresh approach to the battle in a second book.

Journal of Southern History - James I. Robertson Jr.

Hartwig has unquestionably produced the most thoroughly researched book published in this Civil War sesquicentennial period.

Southern Historian - Ryan Gregornik

[ To Antietam Creek's] sheer comprehensiveness makes it indispensable for studying the Maryland Campaign. For the first time, the entirety of the campaign, from the end of the Second Battle of Bull Run on August 30 to the night of September 16 is covered in detail... The narrative is clear and strikingly vivid, making for a compelling read... Hartwig offers a wonderful study on the battlefield commanders as well, maintaining a fair and balanced account... Hartwig's work on the text is clear, and the result is a comprehensive, engaging, and informative study.

H-Net Reviews - Robert Sidwell

To Antietam Creek is a masterfully detailed and exceptionally well-written narrative of the Union and Confederate perspectives on the Maryland Campaign leading up to the bloodiest day in the history of the Western Hemisphere. It skilfully examines the armies and the men who both commanded and served in them. It disentangles complicated battle narratives and provides balanced coverage of the personalities and major decisions of the campaign. Finally, it deconstructs many persistent myths about the campaign and uses abundant evidence to support its conclusions. It should serve as a definitive work on the buildup to Antietam, and its companion volume should be eagerly awaited.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421408767
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 8/31/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 808
  • Sales rank: 683,723
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

D. Scott Hartwig is Supervisory Park Historian at the Gettysburg National Military Park. He is author of The Battle of Antietam and the Maryland Campaign of 1862: A Bibliography.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Introduction 1

1 The Return of McClellan 4

"General, lam in command again"

2 The Army of Northern Virginia 48

"Who could not conquer with troops such as these"

3 The Army of Northern Virginia Enters Maryland 91

"Our movements will be rapid"

4 The Army of the Potomac 131

"If we fail now the North has no hope"

5 The Army of the Potomac Advances to Frederick 162

"You may be sure that I will follow them as closely as I can"

6 Harpers Ferry 204

"To the last extremity"

7 The Battle for Maryland Heights 247

"For God's sake, don't fall back"

8 September 13 271

"My general idea is to cut the enemy in two"

9 The Morning Battle for Fox's Gap 300

"My God! Be careful!"

10 Afternoon at Fox's Gap 331

"So little did we know of the etiquette of war"

11 The First Corps Attacks 375

"It looked like a task to storm "

12 The Battle for Hill 1280 396

"Some of you will get hurt"

13 Into Turner's Gap 415

"An ugly looking place to attack"

14 Crampton's Gap 438

"The best fighting that has been done in this war"

15 Retreat from South Mountain 478

"God has seldom given an army a greater victory than this"

16 The Trap Closes and a Cavalry Dash 521

"The fate of Harper's Ferry was sealed"

17 The Fall of Harpers Ferry 553

"Through God's blessing, Harper's Ferry and its garrison are to be surrendered"

18 September 16 582

"We are entirely too methodical"

19 Eve of Battle 606

"I shall not, however, soon forget that night"

Acknowledgments 653

Appendixes 657

A Opposing Forces in the Maryland Campaign 657

B Strength of Union and Confederate Forces 674

C Union and Confederate Casualties 681

List of Abbreviations 687

Notes 689

Essay on Sources 773

Index 777

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