Saturday, February 18, 2023

I Dread the Thought of the Place

Clear out a wide shelf space next to your copy of To Antietam Creek: The Maryland Campaign of September 1862. The decade-plus wait for the second installment of Scott Hartwig's mammoth two-volume 1862 Maryland Campaign study will soon be over.

Scheduled for an August release by Johns Hopkins University Press, I Dread the Thought of the Place: The Battle of Antietam and the End of the Maryland Campaign "provides an hour-by-hour tactical history of the battle, beginning before dawn on September 17 and concluding with the immediate aftermath, including General McClellan's fateful decision not to pursue Lee's retreating forces back across the Potomac to Virginia." Enhancing that highly detailed narrative will be "21 unique maps illustrating the state of the battle at intervals ranging from 20 to 120 minutes." The current listing indicates that it will come in at nearly 1,000 pages so don't drop it on your foot.


  1. I seen his Facebook page recently, where he was discussing the upcoming release of his 2nd volume. It’s been a long wait and I’ll probably have to go back and re-read his 1st as it’s been a few years since I tackled it. Looking forward to this one for sure. If your listening Scott, great job. 1000 pages!! I’m going to have to reinforce my bookshelf before then!

    Cheers, John

    1. Re: rereading Vol. 1, you surely won't be the only one in that boat. With the big recent revival in Antietam writing, it's hard to keep track of where everyone stands on the big questions.


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