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.

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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.


Acknowledgements; Introduction; How to Use this Guide Antietam The Road to Antietam; Antietam National Battlefield Visitor Center Stop 1 Battlefield Vista; Stop 1a - Battlefield Vista; Stop 1b - Lee Arrives, September 15, 1862; Stop 1c - Lee Deploys and Plans, September 16, 1862; Stop 1d - Lee's Battle Plan, September 17, 1862; Stop 2 Pry House; Stop 2a - The Federals arrive, September 15, 1862; Stop 2b - McClellan Deploys his Command, September 16, 1862; Stop 2c - McClellan Plans and Manages the Battle, September 17, 1862 Overview of Hooker's Fight, 5:30-9:00 A.M. Stop 3 North Woods; Stop 3a - Hooker moves into position, September 16-17, 1862; Stop 3b - The First Corps Attacks, 5:00-6:00 A.M.; Stop 4 East Woods; Stop 4a - Twilight Skirmish, September 16, 1862, 4:30-7:00 P.M.; Stop 4b - Ricketts's Battle, September 17, 1862, 5:00-7:00 A.M.; Stop 5 The Hagerstown Pike; Stop 5a - Doubleday's Attack, 6:00-6:30 A.M.; Stop 5b - Into the Cornfield, 6:30-7:00 A.M.; Stop 6 The Cornfield; Stop 6a - Hood's Counterattack, 6:45-7:15 A.M.; Stop 6b - Hood's Repulse, 7:15-7:45 A.M.; Stop 6c - Hill stabilizes the front, 7:45-8:30 A.M.; Stop 6d - Greene's Advance, 8:15-9:00 A.M. Overview of Sumner's Fight, 9:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M. Stop 7 West Woods; Stop 7a - Sumner Arrives, 7:00-9:00 A.M.; Stop 7b - Into the West Woods, 9:00-9:30 A.M.; Stop 7c - McLaws Arrives, 8:00-9:30 A.M.; Stop 7d - "We must get out of this," 9:00-10:00 A.M.; Stop 7e - Gordon's Charge, 9:45-10:15 A.M.; Stop 8 Dunker Church; Stop 8a - Greene Seizes the West Woods, 9:00 A.M.-12:45 P.M.; Stop 8b - Franklin's Battle, 1:00-3:00 P.M.; Stop 9 Bloody Lane; Stop 9a - French Arrives, 7:30-9:30 A.M.; Stop 9b - French's Attack, 9:30-11:00 A.M.; Stop 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 Bridge; Stop 10a - "A Difficult Task", 9:00-11:15 A.M.; Stop 10b - The Federal Success, 11:15 A.M.-1:30 P.M.; Stop 11 The Ninth Corps Attacks; Stop 11a - The Federals Deploy, 1:00-3:00 P.M.; Stop 11b - Christ's and Welsh's Advance, 3:15-4:30 P.M.; Stop 11c - Rodman's Attack, 3:15-4:30 P.M.; Stop 12 Otto Cornfield; Stop 12a - A.P. Hill arrives, 3:00-4:15 P.M.; Stop 12b - The 16th Connecticut, 3:45-4:30 P.M.; Stop 12c - The Federals Hold The Bridge, 4:30-6:00 P.M.; Stop 13 Lee's Headquarters; Stop 13a - Lee's Council of War, September 17, 1862; Stop 13b - The Day After, September 18, 1862; Stop 14 National Cemetery; Stop 14a - Lee Retreats, September 18-21, 1862; Stop 14b - Antietam National Cemetery Optional Excursions Excursion 1 Bloody Lane; Stop A - Hill's Defense, 9:30 A.M.; Stop B - Weber's and Morris's Attacks, 9:30-10:00 A.M.; Stop C - Kimball's Attack, 10:00-10:15 A.M.; Stop D - Anderson and Richardson Arrive, 10:00-11:15 A.M.; Stop E - The Irish Brigade Attacks, 11:15-11:45 A.M.; Stop F - The Sunken Road is Captured, 11:45 A.M.-12:15 P.M.; Stop G - The Union Attack Stalls, 12:15-2:00 P.M. Excursion 2 Burnside Bridge Stop A - Toombs's Position, 7:30 A.M.-10:00 A.M.; Stop B - The First Federal Assault, 10:00-10:30 A.M.

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/12/2008
  • ISBN13: 9780803239708
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 282
  • ID: 9780803239708
  • weight: 386
  • ISBN10: 080323970X

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