Synopses & Reviews
The Maryland campaign of September 1862 ranks among the most important military operations of the American Civil War. Crucial political, diplomatic, and military issues were at stake as Robert E. Lee and George B. McClellan maneuvered and fought in the western part of the state. The climactic clash came on September 17 at the battle of Antietam, where more than 23,000 men fell in the single bloodiest day of the war.
Approaching topics related to Lee's and McClellan's operations from a variety of perspectives, contributors to this volume explore questions regarding military leadership, strategy, and tactics, the impact of the fighting on officers and soldiers in both armies, and the ways in which participants and people behind the lines interpreted and remembered the campaign. They also discuss the performance of untried military units and offer a look at how the United States Army used the Antietam battlefield as an outdoor classroom for its officers in the early twentieth century.
The contributors are William A. Blair, Keith S. Bohannon, Peter S. Carmichael, Gary W. Gallagher, Lesley J. Gordon, D. Scott Hartwig, Robert E. L. Krick, Robert K. Krick, Carol Reardon, and Brooks D. Simpson.
[This book] significantly advances our understanding of a well-known clash between the North and the South.
Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography
This collection of essays edited by Professor Gary Gallagher offers entertaining passages, interesting details, and thought-provoking ideas.
Journal of Southern History
The Antietam Campaign
is at once a lively and provocative read.
The book deserves a place on bookshelves next to the standard monographs about the Battle of Sharpsburg.
Civil War History
"This paperback . . . will make this fine work readily available and affordable for college classrooms and firesides tables, where it can inform, enlighten, and entertain."
Military History of the West
Gallagher again demonstrates that he is willing to challenge traditional and recent revisionist interpretations of the Civil War with equal energy.
North Carolina Historical Review
About the Author
Gary W. Gallagher is John L. Nau III Professor of History at the University of Virginia and author or editor of numerous books, including Lee and His Army in Confederate History and The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864 (both from the University of North Carolina Press).
Table of Contents
The Net Result of the Campaign Was in Our Favor: Confederate Reaction to the Maryland Campaign
Gary W. Gallagher
General McClellan's Bodyguard: The Army of the Potomac after Antietam
Brooks D. Simpson
Maryland, Our Maryland: Or How Lincoln and His Army Helped to Define the Confederacy
William A. Blair
Dirty, Ragged, and Ill-Provided For: Confederate Logistical Problems in the 1862 Maryland Campaign and Their Solutions
Keith S. Bohannon
Who Would Not Be a Soldier: The Volunteers of '62 in the Maryland Campaign
D. Scott Hartwig
All Who Went into That Battle Were Heroes: Remembering the 16th Regiment Connecticut Volunteers at Antietam
Lesley J. Gordon
Defending Lee's Flank: J. E. B. Stuart, John Pelham, and Confederate Artillery on Nicodemus Heights
Robert E. L. Krick
It Appeared As Though Mutual Extermination Would Put a Stop to the Awful Carnage: Confederates in Sharpsburg's Bloody Lane
Robert K. Krick
We Don't Know What on Earth to Do with Him: William Nelson Pendleton and the Affair at Shepherdstown, September 19, 1862
Peter S. Carmichael
From Antietam to the Argonne: The Maryland Campaign's Lessons for Future Leaders of the American Expeditionary Force