Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam
Oxford University Press, 2002 M09 12 - 224 páginas
The Battle of Antietam, fought on September 17, 1862, was the bloodiest single day in American history, with more than 6,000 soldiers killed--four times the number lost on D-Day, and twice the number killed in the September 11th terrorist attacks. In Crossroads of Freedom, America's most eminent Civil War historian, James M. McPherson, paints a masterful account of this pivotal battle, the events that led up to it, and its aftermath. As McPherson shows, by September 1862 the survival of the United States was in doubt. The Union had suffered a string of defeats, and Robert E. Lee's army was in Maryland, poised to threaten Washington. The British government was openly talking of recognizing the Confederacy and brokering a peace between North and South. Northern armies and voters were demoralized. And Lincoln had shelved his proposed edict of emancipation months before, waiting for a victory that had not come--that some thought would never come. Both Confederate and Union troops knew the war was at a crossroads, that they were marching toward a decisive battle. It came along the ridges and in the woods and cornfields between Antietam Creek and the Potomac River. Valor, misjudgment, and astonishing coincidence all played a role in the outcome. McPherson vividly describes a day of savage fighting in locales that became forever famous--The Cornfield, the Dunkard Church, the West Woods, and Bloody Lane. Lee's battered army escaped to fight another day, but Antietam was a critical victory for the Union. It restored morale in the North and kept Lincoln's party in control of Congress. It crushed Confederate hopes of British intervention. And it freed Lincoln to deliver the Emancipation Proclamation, which instantly changed the character of the war. McPherson brilliantly weaves these strands of diplomatic, political, and military history into a compact, swift-moving narrative that shows why America's bloodiest day is, indeed, a turning point in our history.
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The Confederacy, said its President Jefferson Davis, was “forced to take up arms
to vindicate the political rights, the freedom, ... But Lincoln insisted that an
independent Confederacy would destroy the nation established by those
Ironically, this Confederate success convinced Lincoln to “take off the kid gloves”
in dealing with slavery and to adopt emancipation as a means of weakening the
Confederacy and strengthening the Union cause. These competing visions of ...
Confederate soldiers killed near the Dunkard church on the morning of
September 17, photographed two days later by Alexander Gardner. (Library of
Commodore David G. Farragut's fleet passing the Confederate forts below.
The 6,300 to 6,500 Union and Confederate soldiers killed and mortally wounded
near the Maryland village of Sharpsburg on September 17, 1862, were more than
twice the number of fatalities suffered in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade ...
Down in the corn field I saw a man with a hole in his belly about as big as a hat
and about a quart of dark-looking maggots working away.”3 The most
concentrated carnage took place in a sunken farm road in the center of the
Confederate line, ...
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Review: Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam (Pivotal Moments in American History)Crítica de los usuarios - Rae - Goodreads
A concise account of the momentous Civil War battle as well as the smaller conflicts that led up to it. It is clear that either side could have changed the outcome of the war. History is made up of individual decisions. Fascinating. Leer comentario completo
Crossroads of freedom: AntietamCrítica de los usuarios - Not Available - Book Verdict
An appropriate selection for the publisher's "Pivotal Moments in American History" series, this pithy monograph by McPherson (history, Princeton; Battle Cry of Freedom) argues that the bloody clash at ... Leer comentario completo