Counter-Thrust also provides a window into the Union’s internal conflict at building a successful military leadership team during this defining period. Cooling shows us Lincoln’s administration in disarray, with relations between the president and field commander McClellan strained to the breaking point. He also shows how the fortunes of war shifted abruptly in the Union’s favor, climaxing at Antietam with the bloodiest single day in American history—and in Lincoln’s decision to announce a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. Here in all its gritty detail and considerable depth is a critical moment in the unfolding of the Civil War and of American history.
About the Author
Benjamin Franklin Cooling is a professor of national security studies and former Associate Dean of Academic Programs at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, Washington, DC. He is a well-known author in military, naval, and air history and specializes in Civil War history, including studies of the conflict in Tennessee and Kentucky and defending Washington, DC.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations List of Maps Series Editors’ Introduction Preface Acknowledgements 1. Summer Impasse 2. From Tidewater to Cedar Mountain 3. Stonewall and a Virginia Reel 4. Lee and Pope at Second Manassas 5. In the Rain at Chantilly 6. Maryland, My Maryland 7. South Mountain and Harpers Ferry 8. The Bridges of the Antietam 9. Opportunities Found and Lost
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