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Antietam: The Soldiers' Battle

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  27 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Antietam is the most definitive study of the battle from the soldier's view. The careful weaving together of over 200 recollections, diaries, letters, and regimental histories makes it easy to visualize the battle as the average soldier experienced it.
Hardcover, 437 pages
Published July 1st 1989 by White Mane Publishing Company
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'Aussie Rick'
Nov 14, 2014 'Aussie Rick' rated it really liked it
Shelves: civil-war
I enjoyed this author's other book, Before Antietam: The Battle of South Mountain, so much that I had to read this book as well and I was not disappointed. I found it hard to compare this book with Stephen Sear's book Landscape turned Red as I enjoyed that book just as much if not more.

The two authors present this battle in their own way and I would not say one book was better than the other, I'd leave that to the individual to decide. This is a still a well researched and well written book, th
Jan 27, 2013 Greg rated it really liked it
Shelves: civil-war-nf
Considerably impressed with how Priest has assembled so much detail pulled from so many different direct accounts and organized them into such a specific and well organized timeline. This book truly accomplishes what so many other "battle books" never come close to: eyewitness accounts at the ground level, in the ranks (or trenches) perspective, from the soldiers within the firing lines. The generals appear in this book, but only as witnessed from the soldiers and in episodic fashion. I wish tha ...more
Steve Woods
Sep 16, 2014 Steve Woods rated it really liked it
This is a very well researched account of the bloodiest battle in American History. Drawing on a detailed knowledge and many primary sources the author weaves the tale from the viewpoint of the ordinary soldier. While it is impossible for anyone who was not there to imagine the horrendous hell these men went through it gives a pretty evocative hint. The book lived up to its title. The disappointment was the poor use of poorly drawn and poorly interpreted maps. That was a great shame. They could ...more
Don Cygan
Feb 10, 2013 Don Cygan rated it it was amazing
Outstanding, "play-by-play" account of the bloodiest day in American history. Priest, a fellow public school history teacher, has brought fourth a wealth of primary source and first person accounts from the diaries and letters of the soldiers involved in this pivotal battle -- both blue and gray. One of the most thoroughly researched books on the American Civil War.
John Warren
Dec 25, 2014 John Warren rated it really liked it
it was kind of hard to follow at the start never really read a book in this type of format before but after few chapters it came together. loved how the author puts all the information together with the information from the common soldier
David Brown
May 31, 2014 David Brown marked it as civil-war-books  ·  review of another edition
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