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.
The book is about the battle of Antietam (to Southerners, Sharpsburg), a great
and terrible event that made September 17, 1862, the bloodiest day in American
history. Much of the book is about small events such as Lee's lost Special Orders
Antietam James M. McPherson. Union lines they voted with their feet for ... The
tremendous shock of that collision in the battle of Antietam near the village of
Sharpsburg changed the course of the war. Union victory at Antietam, limited
though it ...
Antietam James M. McPherson ... Trade Center and the Pentagon on September
11, 2001.1 Another 15,000 men wounded in the battle of Antietam would recover,
but many of them would never again walk on two legs or work with two arms.
Antietam James M. McPherson. Union artillery officer on ... whose New York
regiment was in the thick of the fighting at Bloody Lane described the scene there
after the battle: “In the road the dead covered the ground. It seemed, as I rode
Antietam James M. McPherson ... 5 A week after the battle a newspaper in
Hagerstown (a dozen miles from the battlefield) reported that in an area of ... 6
Months after the battle, Sharpsburg continued to disgorge new forms of
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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