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Battle of Antietam The Battle of Antietam was a turning point in the Civil War. In the span of several hours, there would be more loss of American life than in any other battle before or since, leaving one in four of the soldiers who took part either dead or wounded by the end of the day. Inside you will read about... ✓ Maryland, My Maryland… ✓ McClellan’s Army ✓ The Battle of Antietam The Battle of Antietam was a turning point in the Civil War. In the span of several hours, there would be more loss of American life than in any other battle before or since, leaving one in four of the soldiers who took part either dead or wounded by the end of the day. Inside you will read about... ✓ Maryland, My Maryland… ✓ McClellan’s Army ✓ The Opening Gambit ✓ Harper’s Ferry ✓ Dunker Church & The Woods ✓ The Cornfield ✓ Bloody Lane And much more! What led to such a disastrous conclusion? And could something positive come from such an appalling massacre? The focus of the war was about to change. So too was how the American people viewed war as a whole.


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Battle of Antietam The Battle of Antietam was a turning point in the Civil War. In the span of several hours, there would be more loss of American life than in any other battle before or since, leaving one in four of the soldiers who took part either dead or wounded by the end of the day. Inside you will read about... ✓ Maryland, My Maryland… ✓ McClellan’s Army ✓ The Battle of Antietam The Battle of Antietam was a turning point in the Civil War. In the span of several hours, there would be more loss of American life than in any other battle before or since, leaving one in four of the soldiers who took part either dead or wounded by the end of the day. Inside you will read about... ✓ Maryland, My Maryland… ✓ McClellan’s Army ✓ The Opening Gambit ✓ Harper’s Ferry ✓ Dunker Church & The Woods ✓ The Cornfield ✓ Bloody Lane And much more! What led to such a disastrous conclusion? And could something positive come from such an appalling massacre? The focus of the war was about to change. So too was how the American people viewed war as a whole.

30 review for Battle of Antietam: A History From Beginning to End

  1. 5 out of 5

    Thom Swennes

    On April 12, 1861, when troops under General P.T.G. Beauregard fired on the Federal fort of Ft. Sumter, Americans on both sides of the conflict were sure hostilities would end within the month. This, as history has shown us, was not the case. At First and Second Bull Run, battles fought just over the Potomac River, close to Washington, the Confederate Army was victorious. Afterward, the Union morale was at an all-time low and Confederate spirits were high but their stomachs were empty, uniforms On April 12, 1861, when troops under General P.T.G. Beauregard fired on the Federal fort of Ft. Sumter, Americans on both sides of the conflict were sure hostilities would end within the month. This, as history has shown us, was not the case. At First and Second Bull Run, battles fought just over the Potomac River, close to Washington, the Confederate Army was victorious. Afterward, the Union morale was at an all-time low and Confederate spirits were high but their stomachs were empty, uniforms in tatters, and many marched barefoot. When General Robert E. Lee led his Army of Northern Virginia into Maryland in September of 1862, he was seeking comforts and basic necessities for his army. He also hoped to get Major General George B. McClellan’s Army of the Potomac into a pitched battle he felt sure he could win. Another decisive victory could assure the support of Great Britain and France for the C.S.A. The Battle of Antietam took place on September 17, 1862, along Antietam Creek by the town of Sharpsburg, Maryland. The Union tends to remember their battles by the names of geographical features in the area, and the Confederacy uses the name of the closest town for the same battle. It must also be noted that some historians consider the Battle of Antietam as the first invasive battle by the Confederacy. Technically Maryland wasn’t a Union state but belonged to a group known as the Free States and remained in the Union but with many sympathizing with the South. The battle ended in a stalemate but more Americans died on that fateful day than in any other battle in U.S. history (7,650). The Army of Northern Virginia returned to their side of the battlefront and the Army of the Potomac licked their wounds and prepare for a long war. President Abraham Lincoln had a result favorable enough to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the Southern slaves. More Americans died in the Civil War (750,000) than in World War I and World War II combined. This short synopsis of a battle doesn’t relate the horror of war or give an accurate perspective of the entire situation. It does provide enough information to make most readers hungry to learn more. If this is the case, this short history is a resounding success.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nihal Lele

    Battle of Antietam was a part of the American civil war, fought between General Lee, commander of the confederacy, and General McClellan, leader of the union. It was a turning point in the war, along with the lives of the South American slaves. Also, because of this battle, England and France stepped out of the war. Hourly History provides the details of the whole battle. However, this book was a bit confusing. First, you need to know about the civil war. Also, I couldn't quite understand which Battle of Antietam was a part of the American civil war, fought between General Lee, commander of the confederacy, and General McClellan, leader of the union. It was a turning point in the war, along with the lives of the South American slaves. Also, because of this battle, England and France stepped out of the war. Hourly History provides the details of the whole battle. However, this book was a bit confusing. First, you need to know about the civil war. Also, I couldn't quite understand which General of the war supported which side, as there were many such leaders. I couldn't even understand if General Lee was from the Confederacy or the Union. I had to read the book really slow to understand. So this book might be a bit confusing for fast readers.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Julian Orozco, Jr.

    Battle of Antietam: A Change of Direction A good account of the battle that would change the course of a young country. This read offers great reference and information about the battle, the men who fought in it and the men that lead them. I just wished there was more time provided for more in-depth knowledge of the facts, strategies and what if's of this pivotal battle of the U.S. Civil War. Battle of Antietam: A Change of Direction A good account of the battle that would change the course of a young country. This read offers great reference and information about the battle, the men who fought in it and the men that lead them. I just wished there was more time provided for more in-depth knowledge of the facts, strategies and what if's of this pivotal battle of the U.S. Civil War.

  4. 4 out of 5

    ROY Law

    Thoughts on this book. This book realyy highlighted the difficulty of the Union's leadership of it's generals and the poor training of many of its troops at this battle. If not for the veteran troops and it's company grade officers, I feel it could have been a disaster for the North. Luckily Lee also made some blunders, and although this war would go on for several more years, it did allow the final victory that reunited this country of ours. Thoughts on this book. This book realyy highlighted the difficulty of the Union's leadership of it's generals and the poor training of many of its troops at this battle. If not for the veteran troops and it's company grade officers, I feel it could have been a disaster for the North. Luckily Lee also made some blunders, and although this war would go on for several more years, it did allow the final victory that reunited this country of ours.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ed Barton

    Good Coverage The book offers a good, basic, coverage of the battle of Antietam. The battle was a watershed in terms of both influence at the national level and in terms of casualties. It also demonstrated the limitations of the Union commanders in taking initiative and understanding the deep battle. A good overview.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Paula Coley

    Well written and informative. I've always had such a love for history. While reading about the happy and positive moments is important... I also believe it to be just as important to remember the horrors as well. Antietam was a defining moment in the Civil War. Thank you for not skimming over the facts and presenting the reader with the realities of what those soldiers faced. Well written and informative. I've always had such a love for history. While reading about the happy and positive moments is important... I also believe it to be just as important to remember the horrors as well. Antietam was a defining moment in the Civil War. Thank you for not skimming over the facts and presenting the reader with the realities of what those soldiers faced.

  7. 5 out of 5

    mr ralph james kelly

    Battle of Antietam Read Battle of Antietam, as I am getting into the American civil war era. Have always like history, and the history of the Native American Subjecation. Although this is not about the Native American, it is about the is army who fought against them. Would recommend this book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Randolph A Rossi

    McClellan Could Have Destroyed Lee’s Army But Didn’t If McClellan had acted decisively in using Lee’s Lost Battle Plans, he could have destroyed the Army of Northern Virginia and possibly ended the war. Failing that, he still had the chance to chase and destroy Lee’s Army as they retreated to Virginia. It would take another two and a half years to end the war.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tim Shepard

    Well done A well researched and written book about the battle of Antietam. While the book looks at the major events and moments in the battle it is not a concise and thorough telling of the events. For those looking for an understanding of the main events of the battle this book will serve you well.

  10. 4 out of 5

    David W.

    Good rendition of events leading up to and during the battle. Would have been easier to follow had author/publisher included maps of the key scenes - rather than relying on written description of the military moves & tactics.

  11. 4 out of 5

    jparvinjr

    This book of the battle of Antietam , which I have knowledge of but had never read any books about. The reason I have the two stars is that the book didn't give me enough information to get me a total view point of the total battle. This book of the battle of Antietam , which I have knowledge of but had never read any books about. The reason I have the two stars is that the book didn't give me enough information to get me a total view point of the total battle.

  12. 4 out of 5

    John Karlson

    Very good read about every bad two days in the history of USA. Very well written. Worth your while no matter your feelings about this piece of American history. Recommend the book. Well written, and easy to read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Poorly edited.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Douglas Larson

    A fairly thorough depiction of one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Al Menaster

    This was a confusing book because this was a confusing battle. Still, nicely focused.

  16. 4 out of 5

    gilbert manchester

    Careless Full of sloppy errors, grammatical mistakes, etc., should have been more carefully edited. Perhaps it was hastily written, who knows?

  17. 4 out of 5

    Glen Hartman

    Short read Surprisingly short. Not as much detail A expected. Gives a quick look at one of pivotal battles of second war for ibdependence

  18. 4 out of 5

    George Polansky

    A good review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bruce

    Conveys a convincing picture of the horror and waste of war.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ray Ferreira

  21. 4 out of 5

    Gary

  22. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Mailund

  23. 5 out of 5

    Beth m Bruner Shorten

  24. 4 out of 5

    Marshall R. Smith

  25. 5 out of 5

    Wojciech Surowka

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ryan McElroy

  27. 4 out of 5

    Edgar Weamer

  28. 4 out of 5

    Richard Ellis

  29. 4 out of 5

    Steven Wyatt

  30. 4 out of 5

    Barry bish

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