Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam

By Stephen W. Sears

Combining impressive army research with wealthy narrative background, Landscape became Red is the definitive paintings at the conflict of Antietam.


The Civil struggle conflict waged on September 17, 1862, at Antietam Creek, Maryland, was once one of many bloodiest within the nation's historical past: in this unmarried day, the conflict claimed approximately 23,000 casualties. right here popular historian Stephen Sears attracts on a amazing cache of diaries, dispatches, and letters to recreate the bright drama of Antietam as skilled not just by means of its leaders but additionally via its infantrymen, either Union and accomplice, to provide what the New York Times Book Review has referred to as "the top account of the conflict of Antietam." 

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The Federal military girding to satisfy Lee, afflicted with a challenge of self assurance, was once entrusted to George B. McClellan, a common many believed to be gravely wrong as a commander. there has been becoming discontent within the Northern states with the administration’s administration of the clash. Abraham Lincoln’s political help was once divided and wavering while he grappled with a progressive switch of objective, trying to make this a struggle opposed to slavery in addition to a struggle for union. while the 2 armies eventually confronted each other around the shallow valley of the Antietam and ready for conflict, the experience of challenge used to be palpable.

Lafayette McLaws, together with his personal department and that of Richard H. Anderson, may move South Mountain and grab the commanding place of Maryland Heights. the 3 divisions less than Jackson had the longest march. From Frederick he could persist with the nationwide highway throughout South Mountain at Turner’s hole, flip off westward past Boonsboro, and go the Potomac into the Shenandoah Valley. shooting the Martinsburg garrison or using it earlier than him, he was once to seal off Harper’s Ferry from the west by means of taking Bolivar Heights.

91–92. forty nine. Nicolay and Hay, Lincoln, VI, p. 167; October 17, McClellan Papers, reel 33; Christopher Dell, Lincoln and the warfare Democrats, p. 181. 50. Palmerston to Russell, October 2 and 22, Russell Papers, Public checklist workplace, London; Earl of Clarendon to George Cornwall Lewis, October 26, H. E. Maxwell, ed. , Clarendon (London, 1913), II, p. 265—all quoted in Adams, Britain and the Civil struggle, II, pp. 43–44, 54–55, fifty nine. fifty one. London occasions, October 7, and Blackwood’s journal, November 1862, quoted in Commager, The Blue and the grey, pp.

I will not movement with no extra means,” he defined to his spouse, “and i don't own the ability to manage these skill. ” The fault used to be no longer his however the government’s. His posture, a fellow basic later wrote, used to be “the inoffensive protecting. ”7 This estimate of accomplice power was once the paintings of Allan Pinkerton, the well known Chicago inner most detective, whom McClellan installed cost of military intelligence. Pinkerton’s community of spies and informers all through Virginia churned out experiences of magnificent element.

Jacob Cox was once a newcomer to the military of the Potomac. A thirty-three-year-old legal professional and previous Republican country legislator from Ohio, he was once a type of unusual political generals who verified a traditional expertise for the army. He had played good within the western Virginia crusade again in 1861, and 3 days prior at South Mountain just a loss of help through the remainder of the 9th Corps avoided him from riding D. H. Hill off the mountaintop. within the current tender scenario he observed little room for exercise initiative; he used to be easily in tactical command of the corps, conducting no matter what orders Burnside (and, via him, McClellan) may factor.

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