Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam

Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam

by Stephen W. Sears

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Combining brilliant military analysis with rich narrative history, Landscape Turned Red is the definitive work on the Battle of Antietam.


The Civil War battle waged on September 17, 1862, at Antietam Creek, Maryland, was one of the bloodiest in the nation's history: on this single day, the war claimed nearly 23,000 casualties. Here renowned historian Stephen Sears draws on a remarkable cache of diaries, dispatches, and letters to recreate the vivid drama of Antietam as experienced not only by its leaders but also by its soldiers, both Union and Confederate, to produce what the New York Times Book Review has called "the best account of the Battle of Antietam." 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618344192
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 08/18/2003
Edition description: 1ST MARINE
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 161,370
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.08(d)

About the Author

STEPHEN W. SEARS is the author of many award-winning books on the Civil War, including Gettysburg and Landscape Turned Red. A former editor at American Heritage, he lives in Connecticut.

Table of Contents

Prologue. The Last, Best Hope1
1.The Limits of Limited War19
2.Confederate Tide49
3.Will Send You Trophies74
4.Fire on the Mountain114
5.We Will Make Our Stand150
6.To the Dunker Church180
7.A Savage Continual Thunder216
8.The Spires of Sharpsburg255
9.To Nobly Save or Meanly Lose298
Epilogue: A Last Farewell336
Appendix I.The Lost Order349
Appendix II.Burnside and His Bridge353
Appendix III.The Armies at Antietam359
Sources and Acknowledgments373

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"The best account of the Battle of Antietam." The New York Times Book Review

"A modern classic." The Chicago Tribune

"No other book so vividly depicts that battle, the campaign that preceded it, and the dramatic political events that followed."—Washington Post Book World The Washington Post

"Authoritative and graceful . . . a first-rate work of history." Newsweek

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Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a great reference on the Battle of Antiteam. Mr. Sears provides insight on both the Federal and Confederate sides 'leadership, status of the armies' both prior to and after the battle, as well as practically blow-by-blow accounts of the battle. It can be a little overwhelming for readers who are just getting into the subject, but awesome nonetheless.
Sandydog1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I knew that Antietem, the bloodiest day of the American Civil War was a total cluster. But reading the details, with heavy emphasis on the Union side, was fascinating. No recon, no communication, egotistical leadership, timidity, and procrastination all combined on the Union side to grasp defeat or at least a draw, from the mighty hand of victory. This battle, like others, could have really shortened the Civil War.Sears has provided a meticulous account of McClellan's foibles.
tbrennan1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Superb book detailing the battle of Antietam in the American Civil War. This battle was one of the bloodiest in American History and the author Stephen Sears draws on a variety of sources including diaries and letters of the participants to produce a definitive work. The book was gripping and Mister Sears displays a mastery of his craft in the writing of this book. He is scathing in his comments on the Union Generals in particular, George McClellan who was too cautious in his handling of the Union battle deployment and who overstated the numbers of the Confederate forces in all correspondence with Washington. The importance of the battle in influencing Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation is wonderfully illustrated in this history. A wonderful addition to my library.
Schneider on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Stephen W. Sears does not need anyone to annunciate any louder the fact that he is a wonderful American Civil War author. His many works alone, including "Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam" can attest to that.The narrative which Sears employs is constant and moving. It never seems to bog down for too long a period. His prose keeps the reader engaged, and to use an oft-used expression: he did bring the Battle of Antietam, with all of its movements, locations, and cast of characters alive. "Landscape Turned Red" is not a difficult book to read and understand. Mr. Sears uses language that most everyone can understand, though he did not write it aimed at catering to the lowest common denominator. It is a very well researched work. Sears seems to support his claims in the book with facts, of which there are many, but still keeps the flow of the book moving forward. An excellent and scholarly read that I would recommend to any and all.
ksmyth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was so excited when I heard this book was to be issued in the early '80's. I waited patiently and bought it in hard cover when it was released. I was disappointed. I remembered the exciting narrative by Bruce Catton in his books on the Army of the Potomac, and Sears just didn't capture the same fire. Sears focuses, instead, on McClellan's missed opportunities and failures of leadership. While they are legion, we already knew that stuff anyway. This could have been so much more. Sadly, I've stayed away from Sears ever since.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a serious Civil War history buff and this is by far the best and most detailed account of the Battle of Antietam that I've ever read. Outstanding work by Sears. Based on this, I'll give anything he produces a serious evaluation.
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Go4Jugular More than 1 year ago
Exceedingly well written novel about the battle of Antietam. The book starts by explaining the composition of both armies and the personalities of the important players on both sides. The events leading up to the meeting at Sharpsburg are clearly explained. The majority of the book is spent on the evolution of the battle itself, with interesting and evocative descriptions of the fighting, supplemented by detailed and accurate maps. The book ends with a discussion of the aftermath and significance of the battle. Overall, it is an excellent account of this single but important day of fighting. I visited the battlefield when I was about 2/3 of the way through the story and all of the writing accurately described the actual ground on which the fighting took place - this is an excellent and very readable primer if you're fortunate enough to have an opportunity to visit Antietam.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sears scholarship is faultless. His writing style provides a superb narrative. BUT... while he conveys the complexity and confusion of the battlefield extremely well, it is difficult to get a clear understanding of the moves and counter moves without help of some visual aids. There are too few maps and the maps try to account for too long a time span in a single drawing. More maps covering perhaps troop movements hour by hour across the entire battlefield would have been a HUGE help.
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