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Antietam, South Mountain, and Harpers Ferry: A Battlefield Guide (This Hallowed Ground: Guides to Civil War Battlefields)

Antietam, South Mountain, and Harpers Ferry: A Battlefield Guide (This Hallowed Ground: Guides to Civil War Battlefields)

By: Ethan S. Rafuse (author)Paperback

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In September 1862 the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia and the Union Army of the Potomac conducted one of the truly great campaigns of the Civil War. At South Mountain, Harpers Ferry, and Antietam, North and South clashed in engagements whose magnitude and importance would earn this campaign a distinguished place in American military history. The siege of Harpers Ferry produced the largest surrender of U.S. troops in the nation's history until World War II, while the day-long battle at Antietam on September 17 still holds the distinction of being the single bloodiest day of combat in American history.This invaluable book provides a clear, convenient, stop-by-stop guide to the sites in Maryland and West Virginia associated with the Antietam campaign, including excursions to Harpers Ferry and South Mountain. Thorough descriptions and analyses, augmented with vignettes and numerous maps, convey the mechanics as well as the human experience of the campaign, making this book the perfect companion for both serious students of the Civil War and casual visitors to its battlefields.

About Author

Ethan S. Rafuse is an associate professor of military history at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He is the author of several books, including McClellan's War: The Failure of Moderation in the Struggle for the Union, and is the coeditor of The Ongoing Civil War: New Versions of Old Stories.


AcknowledgementsIntroductionHow to Use This GuideAntietamThe Road to AntietamAntietam National Battlefield Visitor CenterStop 1 Battlefield Vista1a Lee Arrives, September 15, 18621b Lee Deploys and Plans, September 16, 18621c Lee's Battle Plan, September 17, 1862Stop 2 Pry House2a The Federals Arrive, September 15, 18622b McClellan Deploys His Command, September 16, 18622c McClellan Plans and Manages the Battle, September 17, 1862Overview of Hooker's Fight, 5:309:00 a.m.Stop 3 North Woods3a Hooker Moves into Position, September 1617, 18623b The I Corps Attacks, 5:006:00 a.m.Stop 4 East Woods4a Twilight Skirmish, September 16, 1862, 4:307:00 p.m.4b Ricketts's Battle, September 17, 1862, 5:007:00 a.m.Stop 5 The Hagerstown Pike5a Doubleday's Attack, 6:006:30 a.m.5b Into the Cornfield, 6:007:00 a.m.Stop 6 The Cornfield6a Hood's Counterattack, 6:457:15 a.m.6b Hood's Repulse, 7:157:45 a.m.6c Hill Arrives, 7:458:30 a.m.6d Greene's Advance, 8:159:00 a.m.Overview of Sumner's Fight, 9:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.Stop 7 West Woods7a Sumner Arrives, 7:009:00 a.m.7b Into the West Woods, 9:009:30 a.m.7c McLaws Arrives, 8:009:30 a.m.7d "We must get out of this," 9:0010:00 a.m.7e Gordon's Charge, 9:4510:15 a.m.Stop 8 Dunker Church8a Greene Seizes the West Woods, 9:00 a.m.12:45 p.m.8b Franklin's Battle, 1:003:00 p.m.Stop 9 Bloody Lane9a French Arrives, 7:309:30 a.m.9b French's Attack, 9:3011:00 a.m.9c The Union Breakthrough, 11:00 a.m.1:30 p.m.Overview of Burnside's Fight, 10:00 a.m.6:00 p.m.Stop 10 Burnside Bridge10a "A Difficult Task," 9:0011:15 a.m.10b The Federal Success, 11:15 a.m.1:30 p.m.Stop 11 The IX Corps Attacks11a The Federals Deploy, 1:003:00 p.m.11b Christ's and Welsh's Advance, 3:154:30 p.m.11c Rodman's Attack, 3:154:30 p.m.Stop 12 Otto Cornfield12a A. P. Hill Arrives, 3:004:15 p.m.12b The 16th Connecticut, 3:454:30 p.m.12c The Federals Hold the Bridge, 4:306:00 p.m.Stop 13 Lee's Headquarters13a Lee's Council of War, September 17, 186213b The Day After, September 18, 1862Stop 14 National Cemetery14a Lee Retreats, September 1821, 186214b Antietam National CemeteryOptional Excursion 1 Bloody LaneStop A Hill's Defense, 9:30 a.m.Stop B Weber's and Morris's Attacks, 9:3010:00 a.m.Stop C Kimball's Attack, 10:0010:15 a.m.Stop D Anderson and Richardson Arrive, 10:0011:15 a.m.Stop E The Irish Brigade Attacks, 11:1511:45 a.m.Stop F The Sunken Road Is Captured, 11:45 a.m.12:15 p.m.Stop G The Union Attack Stalls, 12:152:00 p.m.Optional Excursion 2 Burnside BridgeStop A Toombs's Position, 7:3010:00 a.m.Stop B The First Federal Assault, 10:0010:30 a.m.Stop C Nagle's Attack, 10:4511:15 a.m.Stop D The Federals Capture the Bridge, noon1:00 p.m.Stop E The Union Bridgehead, 1:003:00 p.m.Stop F Rodman's March and Crossing, 10:30 a.m.1:15 p.m.Stop G The Federal Pause, 1:003:00 p.m.Optional Excursion 3 Boteler's FordStop A Recrossing the Potomac, September 1819, 1862Stop B The Battle of Shepherdstown, September 1920, 1862South MountainOverview of the Battle of South Mountain, September 14, 1862Stop 1 Fox's Gap1a Cox's Attack, 5:00 a.m.noon1b Union Victory, noon10:00 p.m.Stop 2 Mt. Tabor Cemetery2a Meade's Assault and Rodes's Defense, 4:306:00 p.m.2b Hatch's Assault, 4:3010:00 p.m.Stop 3 Mountain House3a Gibbon's Attack, 5:009:00 p.m.Stop 4 Burkittsville4a Franklin's Assignment, 5:00 a.m.noon4b The Federal Attack, noon5:45 p.m.Stop 5 Gathland State Park5a Cobb's Defense, 5:456:00 p.m.5b Last Stand at Crampton's Gap, 6:007:00 p.m.5c Franklin Moves into Pleasant Valley, September 15, 1862Harpers FerryOverview of the Siege of Harpers Ferry, September 1315, 1862Harpers Ferry National Historic Park Visitor CenterStop 1 Harpers Ferry1a Strategic Point and Deathtrap1b The Confederates Converge on Harpers Ferry, September 1013, 18621c The Hapless Defenders, September 1013, 1862Stop 2 Bolivar Heights2a The Noose Is Closed, September 13, 18622b Confederate Bombardment, September 1415, 18622c Harpers Ferry Falls, September 1415, 1862After AntietamAppendix A Orders of BattleAppendix B Organization, Weapons, and TacticsSourcesFor Further Reading

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  • ISBN13: 9780803239708
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 282
  • ID: 9780803239708
  • weight: 295
  • ISBN10: 080323970X

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