E Lee, After Decisively Repelling John Pope S AugustInvasion Of Virginia At The Second Battle Of Manassas, Took The Offensive Moving North Into Maryland, Lee Divided His Forces To Capture Harpers Ferry While Continuing His Advance Further Into Union Territory George B McClellan, The New Union Commander, Learned That Lee Had Divided His Forces, And Advanced To Attack The Confederates The Armies, From Squad To Corps Level, Fought Hard In [ Pdf Before Antietam: The Battle for South Mountain ì retellings PDF ] by John Michael Priest ì Both Cavalry And Infantry Actions For Control Of The Three Gaps Across South Mountain, About Sixty Miles From The Federal Capital The Victory McClellan S Officers And Men Gave Him Forced Lee To Fall Back And Regroup Near The Town Of Sharpsburg, Maryland, Thus Setting The Stage For The Civil War S Bloodiest Day Which Soon Followed At Antietam Creek Three Days Before That September Day, The Opposing Armies Fought A Series Of Engagements That Came To Be Known As The Battle Of South Mountain Until Before Antietam, Those Battles Existed In Our History As Only A Footnote To The Events At Antietam Because Of The Work Of John Michael Priest Those Terrible Encounters Now Have Their Rightful Place In American Military History Ù Before Antietam: The Battle for South Mountain Ö signed by the author Excellent and moving study of the prelude to the Battle of Antietam Sharpsburg in September of 1862 Because it is based almost exclusely on the letters, memories, and diaries of participants in the actions one get a detail that is almost always lacking innarrative histories Fully one fifth of the text pages are maps and thus one can follow in exacting detail the movements of the units involved however, the maps, while comprehensive, are not the most professionally done I found that I had to use a pink and blue markers to mark on the maps to follow what was happening Because of the detail and the constant referral to the maps this is a slow read. Great read about Robert E Lee s first invasion of the North with the Army of Northern Virginia This battle would set up immediately afterwards the Battle of Antietam in September 1862. This book is certainly better than the author s Wilderness set Before Antietam does a far better job covering the role of brigade and division commanders during the battle, although it was still sketchy concerning the activities and decisions of the Union corps commanders The author also extensively covers the nine days leading up to the battle, starting with the Confederates crossing of the Potomac, and describes the decisions made by the two army comamnders However, the maps in this section were not that good in quality, showing only the movement of units and location of skirmishes, usually each chapter had just a single general map of the entire central Maryland region.
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