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A Fierce Glory: Antietam--The Desperate Battle That Saved Lincoln and Doomed Slavery

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From an acclaimed author and historian, the dramatic, character-rich story of Antietam--the high-stakes battle Lincoln needed to win to save the Union and free the slaves

September 17, 1862, was America's bloodiest day. When it ended, 3,654 soldiers lay dead on the land surrounding Antietam Creek in Western Maryland. The battle fought there was as deadly as the stakes were
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 11th 2018 by Da Capo Press
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Bonnye Reed
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
GNab Fierce Glory covers one battle - Antietam beginning on September, 17, 1862. Unlike a number of books covering this three day battle, this one stands alone. The step by step actions and movements of the troops have been well covered by many authors. Justin Martin chooses to tackle this historical battle from the aspects of General George McClellan commanding the Union Troops, General Robert Lee guiding the Confederate Troops, and the actions and reactions of Abraham Lincoln as he absorbs the ...more
Craig Pearson
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. The Battle of Antietam was the bloodiest battle ever on American soil. I was hoping for a greater development of the background story leading to the battle. The author has primarily spent the majority of his thesis tying the battle to the Emancipation Proclamation issued as a result of the tactical but bloody Union victory. This battle occurred just a few days after Second Bull Run and Lee invaded the North with the thought ...more
Lenora Robinson
I love stories about Lincoln and this is one of the better ones I have read. It is full of interesting facts and interested points of view. Another look at the history that held my attention from beginning to end.
Sam Sattler
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: civil-war, history
Justin Martin's "A Fierce Glory" is a brilliant recount of what many consider to be the most important battle of the entire American Civil War, The Battle of Antietam. Martin, here, has accomplished something that so many military historians never learn to do well: he put a human face on soldiers on both sides of the battle lines, the strategists responsible for them (Lee and McClellan), and even on those in the government responsible for the strategists (Abraham Lincoln, in particular).

What mak
Rick Zinn
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
A building in Alexandria,Virginia flew the Rebel flag, that flag was visible from the White House. There was a midnight raid to take the flag down. Colonel Elmer Ellsworth was killed in the raid. Union soldiers rallying cry “Remember Ellsworth”. History really comes alive telling obscure stories like this.

The subject of this book is Antietam, the single bloodiest day in American History. The book is meticulous,often extremely gory. Chapters rang from talking about Cannonballs, mini biographies o
Monte Lamb
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: us-civil-war
When I first began reading this book, I was not impressed. I had read many books on the Civil War and Antietam and thought this one might be too simplified and possibly aimed at a young adult audience. However, I soon recognized that even though the book was so well written and explained the battle so well, that I really changed my mind. The book stated it was going to tie the battle and what President Lincoln was thinking and how both influenced each other. I wasn't sure it did this as well as ...more
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was a delightful surprise. I am far from a Civil War buff and have read very little on the subject. The author summarized his extensive research in such a way that the battle and its participants came alive. His descriptions of the personalities of the generals and President Lincoln were both incisive and helped me follow their actions in an incisive manner.

I realize that there are probably many other books written about Antietam but this is the one that you should read because the au
Alan Wolk
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent description of this crucial battle. Martin does not resort to the usual inside baseball format so many battlefield histories rely on, but rather allows the reader to follow along with first person accounts from actual participants. He uses language artfully to paint the scene and also ties in what was happening in Washington at the time to what was happening on the battlefield, to give a bigger picture view of the battle.

Highly recommended.
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book. I enjoyed the author's method of switching between what was going on during the battle and what was going on with President Lincoln in Washington. Definitely recommend this book for those who like to study the battle of Antietam, President Lincoln, or the Civil War in general.
Rouven Cyncynatus
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Nothing new from a historical perspective. However, the writing style made me feel like I was right there on the battlefield. I look forward to reading other or future books written by Justin Martin.
Suzanne Schafer
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! The author creates a fascinating story of the day of battle with each hour unfolding with the ever changing strategy of the military units and their commanders. The research that went into this book is astounding.
Andrew Holmes
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm a bit of a Civil War nut so this book definitely scratched my itch! It's a clever telling of both the battle and also the political backdrop which made it so pivotal. Justin Martin's writing style is very accessible and conversational which makes for an easy and entertaining read.
Fast-paced narrative of the Battle of Antietam and its political consequences. Author's style is a bit informal at times, so this might put some readers off (conversational tone at times seemed a bit irreverent to me). Good first book about the battle.
Cristie Underwood
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
The author did extensive research on a battle that many have never heard of and wrote this book highlighting the significance of the Battle of Antietam. This is one of the best books that I have read about Lincoln and this time period, as there were a lot of facts I had not heard before.
Jim Ogle
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Wonderful storytelling and history. A great slice of time recounting of Antietam and its aftermath. It contains the added bonus of a suggested tour and tips.
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fast-paced account of the crucial battle of the Civil War. A great read, and vastly informative.
Dale Bentz
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Concise but comprehensive summary of the Battle at Antietam creek, it's immediate impact, and it's implications for Lincoln's subsequent actions.
Patricia Kitto
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve read several books about the Civil War and while I’ve enjoyed them, I’ve often found them too heavy on troop movements and too light on historical context. A Fierce Glory is the exception. An excellent book for Civil War history enthusiasts or for those wanting to dip their toe into the subject. While its focus is the battle of Antietam, its tangents provide background that not only kept the narrative interesting but also piqued my interest to find out more about the myriad cast of characte ...more
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm conflicted on this book. While I was initially pleased with how the narrative concentrates less on the overall battle strategy and more on the human stories of the participants (including Lincoln and McLellan and Lee), as I moved more into the book, I found it difficult to stay interested. The whole middle of the book was page after page of "This group of guys crept up, charged and got slaughtered," and then "This other group of guys crept up, charged and got slaughtered." After awhile I bec ...more
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I usually don’t read Non-Fiction books about just wars. This book was a bit different and had different perspectives from important participants during the 3 day battle of Antietam.

It was an interesting read, hard for me to follow through though as this is not my usual type of reading.

I received this ebook copy from the publisher and NetGalley for an honest review .
Luna Bookish
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
* I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Having lived in the U.S. I have been hearing about this battle from a young age and how it is the bloodiest of our history. Even moving on to University I learned even more and I though I had a very good grasp on the events of this battle. I am happy to say that this novel has shed some fresh light ton aspects of the battle I did not previously know or fully understand. Martin has done a great jo
Porter Broyles
Listened to this as an audio book.

I was a little disappointed with this book. It is fairly short, just over 300 pages or 10 hours of audio.

The battle of Antietam is too broad of a subject to adequately cover in a short book. This is especially true when the first quarter of the book focused on the events leading up to the battle and the last quarte focused on the after effects of the battle.

Coverage of the battle itself was rather sparse. That being said, I think this book did a superb job talk
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