Category Antietam

Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam

This book by James M. McPherson is a decent account of the Maryland Campaign from the “Pivotal Moments in American History” series. He tells us in the Preface, “The meaning of freedom was central tot he meaning of the American Civil War. Freedom, or liberty, has been a contested issue through all of American history. […]

The Antietam Campaign

This is another book of essays from editor Gary Gallagher covering the Maryland Campaign of 1862. This one contains ten essays–eleven if we count the bibliographic essay at the end. The first essay, by Gary Gallagher, was “The Net Result of the Campaign Was in Our Favor,” and covers the confederate reaction to the campaign. […]

The Battle of Antietam: The Bloodiest Day

This book by Ted Alexander, who was the Chief Historian at Antietam National Battlefield, comes to us from The History Press’ Civil War Sesquicentennial Series. It’s a short book, able to be read in a single sitting, and provides a fine introduction to the battle. He sets the stage by providing a very short precis […]

Antietam: Essays on the 1862 Maryland Campaign

This is a book of essays edited by Professor Gary Gallagher. Out of the five essays in the book, Professor Gallagher contributes two essays, Dennis Frye, former Chief Historian at Harpers Ferry, contributes one essay, Robert K. Krick, former chief historian at the Fredericksburg Spotsylvania National Battlefield Park, contributes one essay, and A. Wilson Greene, […]

The Gleam of Bayonets

I recently reread this book by James Murfin. It covers the Maryland Campaign of 1862, centering on the Battle of Antietam. The book is dated, originally released in 1965, but it is one of what had been the few monographs that had been available on the battle. In his Foreword, Murfin wrote, “Lee invaded Maryland in […]

Landscape Turned Red

This book by Stephen Sears has been considered by many to be the best book on the Battle of Antietam. It’s certainly well written, and Mr. Sears did a lot of research for the book. Having read it several years ago, I had a very positive view of it. However, in recently rereading it after […]

General Robert E. Lee’s Antietam Defense

This is author Kevin Pawlak giving a presentation on Lee at Antietam for the 2017 Emerging Civil War Symposium. The video’s description reads, “Kevin Pawlak, author of Shepherdstown in the Civil War: One Vast Confederate Hospital, talked about General Robert E. Lee’s defensive strategy during the Battle of Antietam. This talk was a part of a symposium […]