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Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam (Pivotal Moments in American History)

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The Battle of Antietam, fought on September 17, 1862, was the bloodiest single day in American history, with more than 6,000 soldiers killed--four times the number lost on D-Day, and twice the number killed in the September 11th terrorist attacks. In Crossroads of Freedom, America's most eminent Civil War historian, James M. McPherson, paints a masterful account of this pivotal battle, the events that led up to it, and its aftermath.

As McPherson shows, by September 1862 the survival of the United States was in doubt. The Union had suffered a string of defeats, and Robert E. Lee's army was in Maryland, poised to threaten Washington. The British government was openly talking of recognizing the Confederacy and brokering a peace between North and South. Northern armies and voters were demoralized. And Lincoln had shelved his proposed edict of emancipation months before, waiting for a victory that had not come--that some thought would never come.

Both Confederate and Union troops knew the war was at a crossroads, that they were marching toward a decisive battle. It came along the ridges and in the woods and cornfields between Antietam Creek and the Potomac River. Valor, misjudgment, and astonishing coincidence all played a role in the outcome. McPherson vividly describes a day of savage fighting in locales that became forever famous--The Cornfield, the Dunkard Church, the West Woods, and Bloody Lane. Lee's battered army escaped to fight another day, but Antietam was a critical victory for the Union. It restored morale in the North and kept Lincoln's party in control of Congress. It crushed Confederate hopes of British intervention. And it freed Lincoln to deliver the Emancipation Proclamation, which instantly changed the character of the war.

McPherson brilliantly weaves these strands of diplomatic, political, and military history into a compact, swift-moving narrative that shows why America's bloodiest day is, indeed, a turning point in our history.

Review:

"[F]irst of all, the author of Crossroads of Freedom is James McPherson, Davis Professor of History at Princeton, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the magnificent Civil War survey Battle Cry of Freedom. If McPherson thinks he knows something worth sharing about the Civil War, I'm inclined to hear him out. And within a few pages, the illustrious author makes good on his reputation. Indeed, this deceptively slim volume emphasizes why fine history is always worth reading." Katharine Whittemore, Salon.com (read the entire Salon review)

About the Author

James M. McPherson is the George Henry Davis '86 Professor of History at Princeton University. America's leading historian of the Civil War, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Battle Cry of Freedom, which was a New York Times best seller, and he won the Lincoln Prize for For Cause and Comrades.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195135213
Subtitle:
Antietam
Author:
McPherson, James M.
Author:
McPherson, James M.
Author:
null, James M
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Location:
Oxford
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
United States - Civil War
Subject:
Reconstruction
Subject:
Antietam, battle of, md., 1862
Subject:
United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
Subject:
History, American | Civil War
Subject:
History, American | Civil War and Reconstruction
Subject:
History, American | Civil War & Reconstruction
Subject:
US History-1800 to Civil War
Subject:
Military - United States
Copyright:
Series:
Pivotal Moments in American History
Series Volume:
79
Publication Date:
20020912
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
38 halftones, maps and line illus.
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9.58x6.24x.89 in. 1.14 lbs.

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"Review" by , "[F]irst of all, the author of Crossroads of Freedom is James McPherson, Davis Professor of History at Princeton, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the magnificent Civil War survey Battle Cry of Freedom. If McPherson thinks he knows something worth sharing about the Civil War, I'm inclined to hear him out. And within a few pages, the illustrious author makes good on his reputation. Indeed, this deceptively slim volume emphasizes why fine history is always worth reading." (read the entire Salon review)
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