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The Antietam Campaign (Military Campaigns of the Civil War) Paperback – February 25, 2008
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"The Antietam Campaign" is at once a lively and provocative read.
[This book] significantly advances our understanding of a well-known clash between the North and the South.
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Gallagher again demonstrates that he is willing to challenge traditional and recent revisionist interpretations of the Civil War with equal energy.
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This collection of essays edited by Professor Gary Gallagher offers entertaining passages, interesting details, and thought-provoking ideas.
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- Publisher : University of North Carolina Press; New edition (February 25, 2008)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0807858943
- ISBN-13 : 978-0807858943
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.14 x 0.88 x 9.21 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,059,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Having served as a senior officer, I understand the importance of logistics and how the news media can influence public opinion. Unfortunately, I felt that the first few chapters belabored the point to where I had to force myself to read through them and continue on. I am so glad that I did. The chapters on individual regiments were insightful and helped humanize the battle. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on Confederate artillery and the gallant Pelham. I also had had no idea as to the incompetence of William N. Pendleton, Lee's artillery chief. That chapter brought home the power of politics at that time. As a battalion commander, I once took my officers on a staff ride to Antietam and thus found the final chapter on how Antietam prepared officers for World War I especially interesting.
I read this book as part of my reading program to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and am thankful I did so. The chapters are detailed and well-documented. I could not, however, recommend this book to the general reader who has little prior knowledge of Antietam. This book would be a welcome addition to any serious student of the Civil War with an interest in America's bloodiest single-day battle.
Gallagher begins the book with an essay on how the south saw the aftermath of the battle. He notes that, in the final analysis, southerners were more likely than not to see Antietam as a plus for the cause. In the aftermath of the Peninsula successes of General Robert E. Lee and the remarkable victory by the Confederate forces at Second Manassas, this was seen as the denouement of a stretch of marvelous fighting by the Army of Northern Virginia.
Brooks Simpson authored a more positive than usual account of Union General George McClellan's leadership at Antietam. McClellan was often accused of "the slows," because of his seeming inability to fight aggressively. Simpson argues that some of McClellan's arguments made sense, such as logistical problems associated with the movement of the Army of the Potomac toward Antietam.
The last chapter is a nice counterpoint, examining how Antietam was used by the Army for training/education before World War I. This battle was one example used at the Army War College to prepare officers for command. They would go over maps and scenarios (e.g., what if McClellan had hurried toward Antietam after finding Lee's orders as opposed to his rather movements). The students and teachers were pretty much unanimous in concluding that McClellan had not generaled his forces very well--up to Antietam and at the battle site itself.
Other chapters speak to addition key issues, such as: how poorly supplied Confederate forces were, the Confederate cavalry's and artillery's role in protecting the Confederate flank, the action at Bloody Lane, and the ineptitude of Confederate artillery chief William Pendleton.
For those interested generally in Civil War history and, specifically, the battle at Antietam, this will be a welcome volume. While there is some unevenness across the chapters, all in all this is a solid volume.