By Stephen W. Sears
Combining fabulous army research with wealthy narrative background, Landscape grew to become Red is the definitive paintings at the conflict of Antietam.
The Civil warfare conflict waged on September 17, 1862, at Antietam Creek, Maryland, used to be one of many bloodiest within the nation's background: in this unmarried day, the battle claimed approximately 23,000 casualties. the following well known historian Stephen Sears attracts on a amazing cache of diaries, dispatches, and letters to recreate the bright drama of Antietam as skilled not just by way of its leaders but in addition via its infantrymen, either Union and accomplice, to supply what the New York Times Book Review has known as "the most sensible account of the conflict of Antietam."
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Yet all this kills up our males. Jackson might kill up a military the best way he marches and the undesirable administration within the subsistence Dept. —Gen. Lee is my guy. ”24 Lee, Longstreet, and Jackson made their headquarters in a grove of good-looking oaks miles south of city, the place Southern sympathizers thronged within the wish of a glimpse in their heroes. nonetheless stricken by means of his injured arms, Lee stored to his tent, dictating dispatches to Richmond. Jackson, too, was once recovering after the autumn from his reward horse and used to be seldom to be noticeable. via the Sabbath, even if, he used to be feeling good sufficient to wait church, the place the Reverend Daniel Zacharias held steadfast to his Union rules and provided a prayer to President Lincoln. To the leisure of the general’s employees, notwithstanding, this act of ethical braveness fell on deaf ears. As used to be his customized, outdated Jack fell asleep throughout the sermon and used to be woke up simply on the finish of the provider by way of the voices of the choir and the resounding tones of the organ. Jeb Stuart took good thing about this pause within the affairs of battle to host a grand ball at Urbana, the cavalry’s headquarters a number of miles southeast of Frederick. The neighborhood lady academy was once taken over and embellished with roses and regimental flags, the band of the 18th Mississippi was once rounded up, and invites went out to all of the younger girls within the area, despite political choice. It was once a homosexual triumph for Southern chivalry. on the peak of the festivities, a breathless courier arrived to announce a conflict with the Yankees. Stuart’s cavaliers galloped off to the rescue, then back to bop the evening away. a number of soldiers a bit wounded within the skirmish have been cared for by way of ministering angels in ball robes, and confessed that the wounding was once really worth it. All issues thought of, the military of Northern Virginia might glance again on nowadays at Frederick as an interlude to be precious. 25 by means of September nine, besides the fact that, Lee may now not put off an important selection. concerns weren't going solely based on plan. so far as the military of the Potomac used to be involved, he used to be happy that his calculations have been right. Stuart’s intelligence reviews indicated that McClellan had moved into Maryland, yet purely very slowly and with no competitive motive, along with his columns that day nonetheless a few twenty-five miles southeast of Frederick and unfolded to hide either Washington and Baltimore. yet within the decrease Shenandoah Valley the enemy was once now not performing as anticipated. notwithstanding now thoroughly outflanked and remoted, the garrisons at Harper’s Ferry and Martinsburg remained in position. This defied conventional army knowledge, which Lee had come to rely on and to take advantage of in Federal high-command pondering. without doubt he might have taken convenience had he identified that McClellan’s brain used to be truly operating within the expected channels. once it used to be transparent that the Confederates have been invading Maryland, he had suggested the evacuation of the 10,400 males at Harper’s Ferry and the 2,500 at Martinsburg, insisting that they have been not anything yet reasonable video game in the event that they remained.