Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2003 - 431 pages
"The best account of the Battle of Antietam" from the award-winning, national bestselling author of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville (The New York Times Book Review).
The Civil War battle waged on September 17, 1862, at Antietam Creek, Maryland, was one of the bloodiest in the nation's history: on this single day, the war claimed nearly 23,000 casualties.
Here renowned historian Stephen Sears draws on a remarkable cache of diaries, dispatches, and letters to recreate the vivid drama of Antietam as experienced not only by its leaders but also by its soldiers, both Union and Confederate. Combining brilliant military analysis with narrative history of enormous power, Landscape Turned Red is the definitive work on this climactic and bitter struggle.
"A modern classic."--The Chicago Tribune
"No other book so vividly depicts that battle, the campaign that preceded it, and the dramatic political events that followed."--The Washington Post Book World
"Authoritative and graceful . . . a first-rate work of history.--Newsweek
 

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User Review  - notalice - LibraryThing

An excellent read - though I wouldn't recommend listening to it on audio if you are not familiar with the geography of Antietam, Harper's Ferry, and environs. Read full review

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Incredible detail...a pretty good read Read full review

Contents

The Limits of Limited War
19
Confederate Tide
49
Will Send You Trophies
74
Fire on the Mountain
114
We Will Make Our Stand
150
To the Dunker Church
180
A Savage Continual Thunder
216
The Spires of Sharpsburg
255
To Nobly Save or Meanly Lose
298
Epilogue A Last Farewell
336
The Lost Order
349
The Armies at Antietam
359
Sources and Acknowledgments
373
Bibliography
405
Index
415
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STEPHEN W. SEARS is the author of many award-winning books on the Civil War, including Gettysburg and Landscape Turned Red. The New York Times Book Review has called him “arguably the preeminent living historian of the war's eastern theater.” He is a former editor for American Heritage.

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