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Before Antietam - The Battle for South Mountain (Paperback) Loot Price: R461
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Before Antietam - The Battle for South Mountain (Paperback): John M Priest
Before Antietam - The Battle for South Mountain (Paperback): John M Priest

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Before Antietam - The Battle for South Mountain (Paperback)

John M Priest

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Civil War buffs and scholars quickly recognize the dates of September 16-18, 1862 as the period marking the bloodiest battle of the entire campaign--Antietam. But until now, the ten days prior to that event have remained in relative obscurity. In Before Antietem, John Michael Priest offers the first book-length, tactical exploration of the Maryland campaign and the Battles of South Mountain, describing the decisive events leading up to the famous battle and elevating them from mere footnote status to a matter of military record.
Chronicling Robert E. Lee's turnabout from defensive maneuvres to full scale Confederate invasion into Maryland, Priest demonstrates how this tactical change brought about a series of engagements near Sharpsburg, Maryland that came to be known as "The Battle of South Mountain" in which the Federal and Confederate forces struggled fiercely over Union territory. It was here that George B. McClellan, the new Northern commander, led his Army of the Potomac to its first victory over Lee in a furious action that produced one of the war's few successful bayonet charges. Written from the perspective of the front line combatants (and civilian observers), the book recounts the Confederate invasion and the Federal pursuit into Sharpsburg that set the stage for Antietam. From September 5-15, a total of twenty-five skirmishes and three pitched battles were fought.
Priest provides graphic descriptions of the terrible conditions surrounding these events and so thoroughly enters into the common soldier's viewpoint that military history quickly gives way to gritty realism. He vividly shows that, had Robert E. Lee not been bested at the gaps along South Mountain, there would have been no Antietam. Lee's decision to make a stand along Antietam Creek was a point of pride--he had never been "whipped" before and would not return to Virginia defeated. That decision was a fateful one, since the sparring and fighting drove him into an untenable position that became his downfall. Priest's revealing narrative establishes that, at this stage of the Civil War, the Federal cavalry was better equipped and just as well trained as the Confederate cavalry thereby settling a point of debate among historians.
Scholars and Civil War buffs alike will applaud the efforts of John Michael Priest in bringing us the means to view those devastating encounters from a true military perspective.

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Imprint: Oxford UniversityPress
Country of origin: United States
Release date: 1996
Authors: John M Priest
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 30mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 454
ISBN-13: 978-0-19-510712-8
Barcode: 9780195107128
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Books > Humanities > History > American history > 1800 to 1900
Books > History > American history > 1800 to 1900
Books > Humanities > History > History of specific subjects > Military history
Books > History > History of specific subjects > Military history
LSN: 0-19-510712-8

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