Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam

By Stephen W. Sears

Combining extraordinary army research with wealthy narrative historical past, Landscape grew to become Red is the definitive paintings at the conflict of Antietam.


The Civil warfare conflict waged on September 17, 1862, at Antietam Creek, Maryland, used to be one of many bloodiest within the nation's heritage: in this unmarried day, the warfare claimed approximately 23,000 casualties. right here popular historian Stephen Sears attracts on a awesome cache of diaries, dispatches, and letters to recreate the bright drama of Antietam as skilled not just through its leaders but additionally through its squaddies, either Union and accomplice, to supply what the New York Times Book Review has referred to as "the top account of the conflict of Antietam." 

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Our final shriek at the retreat. ” The president permitted the purpose. He might delay statement of emancipation till it may be issued from a place of energy. Freedom for the slaves and revitalization of the Northern struggle effort—like the specter of armed intervention from overseas—was going to hinge on what occurred at the box of conflict. forty The instant customers for a victory didn't glance vibrant. a couple of days after the cupboard assembly, General-in-Chief Halleck paid a trip to the military of the Potomac at Harrison’s touchdown. McClellan nonetheless numbered the enemy earlier than him at 200,000, with extra arriving each day, yet professed a willingness to renew the sport if bolstered. the real safeguard of Washington, he insisted, used to be the military of the Potomac threatening Richmond. This used to be sound sufficient strategic concept, yet for the truth that McClellan may now need to play the sport with no his trump card. The retreat to the James rendered his siege train—the one weapon he had counted upon because Yorktown to even these lengthy odds opposed to him—all yet lifeless. the one strategy to shipping the good ordnance rifles and siege mortars was once via railroad or barge. The Seven Days’ battles had pushed the Federals from the single to be had railroad, and at Harrison’s touchdown there have been no waterways to hold the ordnance barges shut adequate to the Richmond traces to do any reliable. He talked of relocating on Petersburg, the real railroad middle south of the accomplice capital, however it used to be undeniable to Halleck (who was once himself knowledgeable on warning) that once it got here all the way down to it McClellan was once not often the overall to take one of these danger if he relatively believed the enemy had males for each one in all his. Halleck went again to Washington along with his impressions, and on August three McClellan was once notified to convey his military domestic from the Peninsula. The order “has triggered me the best soreness I ever experienced,” the final protested; withdrawal “will end up disastrous to our reason. I worry it will likely be a deadly blow. ” potentially Halleck’s answer triggered him to wince, for it used to be dependent squarely at the Pinkerton intelligence experiences the younger Napoleon blessed as gospel. “You and your officials. . . . ” Halleck wrote, “estimated the enemy’s forces in and round Richmond at 2 hundred thousand males. . . . basic Pope’s military, masking Washington, is barely approximately 40 thousand. Your potent strength is simply approximately 90 thousand. you're thirty miles from Richmond, and normal Pope 80 or 90, with the enemy at once among you prepared to fall along with his more desirable numbers upon one or the opposite as he may well pick; neither can re-enforce the opposite in case of such an assault. ”41 hence the Peninsula crusade ended because it all started, with an excellent gulf among the military of the Potomac’s commander and the management. through the four-month crusade McClellan’s so much extraordinary army talents have been confirmed in retreat. The radicals have been predictably disgusted. “Place him earlier than an enemy,” Senator Ben Wade remarked, “and he'll burrow like a wooden chuck. His first attempt is to get into the floor.

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