Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Booknotes: Opposing the Second Corps at Antietam

New Arrival:
Opposing the Second Corps at Antietam: The Fight for the Confederate Left and Center on America's Bloodiest Day by Marion V. Armstrong Jr. (Univ of Ala Pr, 2016).

Having examined events from the Union perspective in Unfurl Those Colors: McClellan, Sumner, and the Second Army Corps in the Antietam Campaign (2008), author Marion Armstrong "now recounts in riveting detail Lee’s command decisions and their execution in the field, drawing on a superlative collection of first-person accounts by Confederate veterans..."
"Armstrong sets the stage with a lively recap of the political and military events leading up to the early fall of 1862 and foreshadowing the conflagration to come on September 17. Each chapter then traces a critical section of the battle, the fight for the West Woods and the bloody engagement of the Sunken Road. Armstrong augments this collection with an exceptional set of maps, which will be valued by scholars, readers, and visitors to the battlefield. These unique maps delineate troop movements in intervals as brief as fifteen minutes, ..."
I didn't get a copy of Unfurl Those Colors but recall it being pretty well received at the time.

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