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.
|Publisher:||Johns Hopkins University Press|
|Product dimensions:||7.50(w) x 10.00(h) x 2.30(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About 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.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations ix
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"
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
Essay on Sources 773
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