The March To Antietam
Review Written February 19, 2019
This is a history of General Robert E. Lee's three week long1862 Maryland Campaign, from its inception after the near destruction of General John Pope's Union Army of Virginia at Second Bull Run, to its close following the near destruction of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia at the carnage of the Battle of Antietam. It includes details regarding Lee’s campaign purposes and strategy; the maneuvers of Lee's and McCllelan's armies in Maryland; the discovery and impact of Lee's Lost Orders; the battles at Harpers Ferry and South Mountain; and the climactic fighting at Antietam. It describes the events that led up to the battle at Sharpsburg, Maryland, the battle itself, and the important events that followed Antietam. The narrative includes integration of combat accounts by important participants, along with battle maps and pictures of key people, places, and events. It provides the reader with a detailed, facual, and well written portrait of General Robert E. Lee's Maryland Campaign that culminated in the bloodiest day of combat in American history.
This book was professionally researched from numerous primary and secondary sources, written, and published by Charles Rivers Editors. This publishing house has produced an extensive collection of thoroughly researched, concise, informative, and well written historical texts.This collection is focused on chronicling the lives of historically significant persons, events, nations, and peoples. I have read many of their offerings and found each volume well written, researched, informative and presented with an unbiased perspective.
This book delivers an interesting, straight forward account that was enjoyable to read and easy to comprehend. It is well researched and carefully documented for accuracy. The narrative is engaging and augmented throughout by participants accounts that were informative, authentic, and added a sense of reality to the account. I particularly enjoyed the battlefield accounts because they brought home the reality of combat during the Civil War. My considered opinion is that this book provides a balanced, factual narrative of the strategies and tactics of both beligerants, rendered more relevant and tangible thru the inclusion of social, cultural, political, and economic discussions in the narrative, while, carefully attending to the military aspects of Lee's Maryland Campaign and the battles of of Harpers Ferry, South Mountain, and Antietam, and it's relationship to the overall conduct of the Civil War. Readers that enjoy American history, US Civil War history, and studies of 19th Century warfare strategies, tactics, and combat will enjoy this book.