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Dr. Bradley M. Gottfried holds a Ph.D. in Zoology from Miami University. He has worked in higher education for more than three decades as a faculty member and administrator. He is currently President of the College of Southern Maryland. An avid Civil War historian, Dr. Gottfried is the author of nine books, including: The Battle of Gettysburg: A Guided Tour (1998); Stopping Pickett: The History of the Philadelphia Brigade (1999); Brigades of Gettysburg (2002); Roads to Gettysburg (2002); and Kearny's Own: The History of the First New Jersey Brigade (2005). He is currently working with Theodore P. Savas on a Gettysburg Campaign Encyclopedia.
Savas Beaties "The Maps of" series makes available high quality detailed maps to the general public. Each book contains a series of maps with a narrative battle on the facing page. The multi colored maps maintain, as much as possible, the same scale in each set. The result is a battle history that is an enjoyable informative read and battlefield guide. Antietam maintains the high standards of this series and may raise the bar a little. This is a full campaign with maps for each major component.
Map Set 1, covers the invasion starting on the second and ending on the 13th. Nine maps, using the same scale, allow us to easily track the position and progress of the armies.
Map Set 2 - 7 is South Mountain. On most of these maps, the scale is 300 feet to the inch. A few are 600 feet to the inch and a couple uses a 10-mile scale. The action at Fox, Turner and Crampton Gap is presented in detail. Four maps cover the fighting on Frosttown Plateau. The maps coupled with the facing page's narrative this is an excellent history of this largely overlooked area.
The capture of Harpers Ferry is the subject of ten maps. The scale varies from 1,050 yards to 360 feet depending on the subject.
135-pages are devoted to the Battle of Antietam. Presented in a logical sequence, maps cover the approach, the action and the stalemate at dark. Given the area, the battle maps have a scale of 390 or 450 feet to the inch.
The book ends with seven maps covering the Battle of Shepherdstown.
In addition to the maps, the book contains an interview with the author, a complete Order of Battle, Endnotes, Bibliography and Index.
This is the book Ezra Carman wanted his readers to have.
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The Gottfried work is an essential reference for any serious student of the bloodiest day in American military history, or for anyone else interested in the evolution of Lee's first northward invasion after the 2nd Battle of Bull Run (or Manassas) to its conclusion crossing the Potomac River into Shepherdstown (then Virginia),W.Va. There are few, if any, works that cover, in such good detail, the retreat of Lee over Boetler's Ford (aka Pack Horse Ford) and the minor skirmishes on the outskirts of Shepherdstown as Lee headed to Winchester, VA. The work is extraordinary in its scholarship, well-researched and complemented with excellent references. What is different about it from other works, is its outstanding 21 map sets, totaling 53 detailed maps that provide and trace the troop movements by the hours during the September 17th battle and the Maryland Campaign as well. What is splendid about the volume is the one page descriptive text explaining the adjacent map. While the monumental work of Ezra Carman has guided many students of the Battle of Antietam (or Sharpsburg),Gottfried will now become the preferred source.
Pardon the crass comparison, but Bradley Gottfried's new book should be called The Crack of Antietam, not The Maps of Antietam. It's that addictive. Every time I've picked up Gottfried's magnificent cartographical study, it seems like hours have evaporated. The Maps of Antietam makes it easy to lose track of the world.
Gottfried divides his atlas into twenty-one sections, beginning with a map series that lays out the entire Maryland campaign and running through a map series that covers the closing action at Shepherdstown. In between are map series that cover the Battle of South Mountain, the capture of Harper's Ferry, and the fight at Antietam. Gottfried devotes keen attention to each phase of the campaign.
For the Battle of Antietam itself, Gottfried focuses on each phase of the battle in relatively traditional fashion: the north end of the field around the Cornfield, West Woods, and Dunker Church; the middle end of the field around the Sunken Road; and the south end of the field around Burnside's Bridge.
But his focus is deep and sharp. The maps he does for the north end of the field, however, include
a six-map series under the header "Hooker Opens the Battle (5:15-7:00 a.m.) a six-map series under the header "Hood's Division Moves up and Attacks (6:45-7:45 a.m.) a six-map series under the header "Mansfield's XII Corps Enters the Battle (7:15-8:45 a.m.) a seven-map series under the header "Sedgwick's Division Drives East (8:15-9:30 a.m.) a three-map series under the header "Final Actions on the Northern Front (9:30-10:30 a.m.) That's twenty-eight maps alone just to cover the troop movements between 5:15-10:30 a.m. The book contains 124 maps total.Read more ›
I recently decided to re-read Stephen Sears's "Landscape Turned Red" in recognition of the sesquicentennial of the Battle of Antietam". Sears's account is the best one out there but I remembered it was a little short on maps. I am one who likes to have an abundance of maps in my "battle books" and when I saw some reviews of this book I decided to purchase and read it as a companion to "Landscape Turned Red". Reading the narrative in Gottfried's "Maps of Antietam" side by side with "Landscape" while looking at the 124 maps in this book gave me a full understanding of the battle and campaign. Gottfried's book covers all the significant actions of the campaign including South Mountain and Shepherdstown. I feel I could walk the battlefield of Antietam today with a full understanding of its development. I highly recommend this book and will soon be purchasing the other books in the Savas Beatie Military Atlas series.
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Born and raised in Philadelphia, Brad Gottfried earned his Ph.D. in Zoology from Miami University and has spent the last 37 years as an educator in higher education. He has served as a full-time faculty member, department head, campus dean, chief academic officer and president. He served as President of Sussex County Community College (NJ) and College of Southern Maryland for the past 13 years.
In his free time, Dr. Gottfried is a Civil War historian. His tenth book was recently published. His early writing primarily centered on the Battle of Gettysburg, and he wrote five books on this topic. He has also written two brigade-level histories. His current "niche" is map books, where he thoroughly describes campaigns through the use of maps. His books on Gettysburg, First Bull Run, and Antietam have been published. A fourth book, on the post-Gettysburg campaign should be published in the near future. He is now working on a three-volume history of the Overland Campaign.
Brad is married to his wife, Linda and between them they have four grown children and five grandchildren. The Gottfrieds live on Cobb Island, Maryland.