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The Gleam of Bayonets: The Battle of Antietam and Robert E. Lee's Maryland Campaign, September 1862

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One of the bloodiest days in American military history, the Battle of Antietam turned the tide of the Civil War in favor of the North and delivered the first major defeat to Robert E. Lee's army. In The Gleam of Bayonets, James V. Murfin gives a compelling account of the events and personalities involved in this momentous battle. The gentleness and patience of Lincoln, the ...more
Paperback, 451 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Lsu Press (first published 1965)
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Luke
Sep 11, 2007 Luke rated it it was amazing
Although this book lacked some details that i might have found interesting, as in more information about the expedition to Loudoun Heights during the Battle of Harpers Ferry, it does delve into often overlooked and misinterpreted details of the Maryland campaign, and especially the story of McClellan. Most important,it is written masterfully, truly history as a story.
Sarah W
Jul 17, 2012 Sarah W rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, civil-war
This book provides a good overview of the 1862 Maryland Campaign in terms of troop movements and developments. There is a decided anti-McClellan slant, but it is still a very educational read.
Fredrick Danysh
Antietam is the bloodiest battle in American history. This work examines the battle, giving the reader a view of this blood bath. A good read for the American Civil War buff.
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Jul 10, 2008 Cordell rated it liked it
Ive visited the site and read the book and Im glad I wasnt there. The book is a bit dry but I learned a lot and still enjoyed it.
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