I would recommend this to Civil War buffs and plan to read more by this same author. We may even recall that the battle was fought in 1862 Sept. McPherson's account is accessible, elegant, and economical. It restored morale in the North and kept Lincoln's party in control of Congress. There is no sense of inevitability to the North's eventual victory here; the war was at midpoint and at the time a strategic draw.
That was followed in late August by the Second Battle of Bull Run, an even bigger debacle from the North's standpoint. The E-mail message field is required. Valor, misjudgment, and astonishing coincidence all played a role in the outcome. McPherson combines a compelling narrative of the battle itself with a clear analysis of the political situation surrounding it. This contributed to the ferocity of the fighting, and after the fighting ended, many Union survivors were ready to pursue their enemy and try to inflict even more punishment on them. Each title has a strong narrative arc with drama, irony, suspense, and — most importantly — great characters who embody the human dimension of historical events.
Even before, Lincoln tried several measures in order to pursue the emancipation, using the war as a reason to confiscate slaves as war contraband. McClellan faced Lee in Virginia during the Peninsular Campaign in the spring of 1862, where the Confederate quickly took McClellan's measure as a man and a general. It was in November of 1862 that President Abraham Lincoln relieved General McClellan of his duties, out of frustration. The final chapters discuss the aftermath of the battle, and its reputation as a pivotal moment in American history. It was five days after the battle of Antietam that the Emancipation Proclamation was served. The odds against the occurrence is one to a million.
The book does not dwell on the moves or advances on the battlefront, but instead it gave the readers a clear view of the pivotal nature of the battle by showing them the consequences of the war. However, while the battle itself is not the main focus of the book very few pages are devoted to the actual events. Europe did not offer recognition, but the Confederate armies still bogged the Union armies down and the lack of progress on the part of the Northern forces frustrated and aggravated people at home. Bibliography Includes bibliographical references p. The Union did not win an overwhelming victory and based on McPherson's narrative, the battle at Antietam comes across as less important than the effect of Union General McClellan's overly-inflated account of the Federals success to President Lincoln.
This book will appeal to both experts and novices of Civil War history. It told how the human cost of the Civil War exceeded that of any country during World War I and explains the background to Lincoln's announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation, in 1862. On the good side, Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam is a marvel of economy. Now we dote on his every word. In 2002, he published both a scholarly book, Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam 1862, and a history of the for children, Fields of Fury. The modern neo-Confederate movement interprets it as vindicating the Confederacy and the principles and ideas of the Confederacy and their neo-Confederate ideas. After the Emancipation of Proclamation was in place and the battle won at Antietam had signaled an impact abroad to London, which certainly stunned themLincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation which northern voters chastised but did not over throw the republican party, which help forge ahead the program to preserve the Union and give it a new birth of freedom.
This was crucial to the result at Antietam. England and France deferred their economic alliance with the battered secessionists. McPherson speaking at the American Historical Association annual meeting in January 2014. McPherson shows how that, even before the battle, the Union forces had experienced a sudden improvement in their morale, and were ready for the challenge of a battle on what they considered their territory. It is an excellent study of failings and success in command, and failings and success in character.
I'm even leaving out any talk of Gettysburg as the turning point - please pick yourselves up off the floor after reading that if the shock overcomes you. The war was now the Union's to lose. It restored morale in the North and kept Lincoln's party in control of Congress. McPherson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times best-selling author, and America's leading Civil War historian. McClellan was a fairly impotent leader for the Union Army and was hesitant to move decisively to actually end the war. For this Lincoln finally sacked him. When New Orleans fell, Henry Adams had the foresight to preserve for posterity the extraordinary sight of his reserved father, the ambassador, dancing across the room and shouting for joy.
Lee as he makes the fateful decision to cross the Potomac River and take the offensive. 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. I am a bit divided on this one. The audiobook narrator kept it interesting and alive for me. He could conceive good tactical plans but lacked the guts to stick with it. But before this, a lot has happened and quite a few personalities were known during the war, some of which were properly highlighted by McPherson in this book. Born in Valley City, North Dakota, he graduated from St.
McPherson, paints a masterful account of this pivotal battle, the events that led up to it, and its aftermath. This spirit displayed by the Northern people dismayed many in the south, and destroyed Southern hopes that the Confederacy could win simply by outlasting the north. The Union had suffered a string of defeats, and Robert E. Valor, misjudgment, and astonishing coincidence all played a role in the outcome. Taking from letters and diaries, James McPherson tells the story of Antietam, and the first years of the war, in such a way that at times I could feel my blood pressure rise. The presidential wreath enhances the prestige of these neo-Confederate events.