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A Savage Thunder: Antietam and the Bloody Road to Freedom

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In September 1862, two great armies faced off across Antietam Creek, near Sharpsburg, Maryland, knowing that the fate of the United States and the future of millions of slaves were at stake. From behind-the-scenes conversations to the action on the front lines, renowned nonfiction writer Jim Murphy provides an in-depth look at the battle that prompted Abraham Lincoln to is ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published July 7th 2009 by Margaret K. McElderry Books (first published 2009)
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Diamond Cowboy
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a great little book on the bloodiest and most savage battle in the Cival war of America. Over 23000 men were killed and injured in this battle alone. The author goes into the reasons and events leading up to this most regrettable battle.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of the Civil war of America.
Enjoy and Be Blessed.
Oct 08, 2009 rated it liked it
I wish I knew more about Civil War history, and maybe if I read a few more books about individual battles like this one I will be able to piece together a more comprehensive picture in my head. There are so many different people involved (generals and other officers on both sides, as well as ordinary soldiers and civilian observers) that it was hard to keep track of who was where and who did what. Without the maps showing the routes of attack and retreat, I would have been totally lost. I think ...more
Feb 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
"It is terrible to march slowly into danger, and see and feel each second your chance of death is surer than it was the second before."

—Anonymous Union officer, A Savage Thunder: Antietam and the Bloody Road to Freedom, P. 43

You will find in this book a great wealth of information about the events of the American Civil War leading up to, including, and following the Battle of Antietam, as well as the ways that this bloodiest battle of all dramatically affected the outcome of the War Between t
Robert Fisher
Jim Murphy's narrative of the Battle of Antietam was a good summary of the Antietam Campaign and its significance in the Civil War. Unlike most history books, it is short and to the point, however because of this it lacks insight.

As a Civil War enthusiast, the only new outlook I got from the narrative was about the minor skirmishes leading up to the main engagement on 17 September, 1862. Other than that, it was just a summary of the battle, its prelude, and its aftermath.

I recommend it to anyone
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: civil-war, vine
Antietam was a pivotal battle in the American Civil War. After a string of Confederate victories by General Robert E. Lee, President Lincoln reluctantly put the army under George McClellan, an arrogant but popular Union general. The Confederates had pushed north into Union territory in the hopes of crushing the spirit of the North. McClellan was able to stop the advance and send them back in the bloodiest day in American history, although believing the Confederate army to be numerically superior ...more
Feb 15, 2010 rated it liked it
I usually really like Jim Murphy's books and I was a little disappointed in Savage Thunder. I had just finished reading Truce, which seemed to be aimed at younger readers (shorter, with larger size text and spacing). In Truce, Murphy gave much more background on WWI to set up the main event - the Christmas Truce. In Savage Thunder, however, which seemed to be for slightly older readers, there was little setup for the Battle of Antietam. There were not very many maps (the chapter explaining the f ...more
Aug 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen, nonfiction
In September 1862, the Union and Confederate armies met in one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. Robert E. Lee's southern troops were outnumbered, but their daring commanders were more prepared to fight than George McClellan, the northern general who constantly worried that he would be outnumbered and defeated and who allowed his personal feelings (including a dislike for President Abraham Lincoln) to interfere with his chance to possibly end the Civil War once and for all.

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Jul 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, finished-in-2009
A YA history book well done is always a welcome thing, and author Jim Murphy does an admirable job in presenting the before, during, and after of Antietam, the bloody stalemate that marked the beginning of the end for the South. Lots of pictures, but Murphy does not talk down to the kids. What I like best is that his history is loaded with quotes from the letters and journals of every day soldiers and not just the missives of the military and political folk. Oh. And General George McClellan gets ...more
Dec 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Completely surrounding the battle of Antietam (also called Sharpsburg) during the US Civil War, Jim Murphy's book "A Savage Thunder" brings interesting windows into aspects of American Life in the 1880's. With maps of battle strategy and captions that bring to life the difficulties of preparing for the large scale battles in a very traditional European nature, this books is clearly about the horrification of war. Both Northern and Southern Soliders were decimated in this battle by poor health ca ...more
Mrs. Hassig
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This would make a perfect read aloud for any Civil War history teacher. I will definitely be showing it to the Harmony 7th grade teachers this August! If you want to know what really happened at Antietam this is the book for you. Daniel would love this book! I enjoyed it because it's full of interesting and unusual facts about all of the players in the Civil War in late 1862. However, the best part is the author's use of primary sources, ie: photos, drawings, songs and poems. Really awesome! Sad ...more
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An American author of more than 35 nonfiction and fiction books for children, young adults, and general audiences, including more than 30 about American history. He won the Margaret Edwards Award from the American Library Association in 2010 for his contribution in writing for teens. Jim lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, in a hundred-year-old house with his wife Alison Blank, a children’s TV produce ...more
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