The Battle that Changed the Course of the American Civil War.
A masterful portrait of the bloody one-day battle that turned the tide of the American civil war.
By September 1862 the war was at a crossroads, with Robert E Lee's Confederate Army poised to take Washington. But when the Confederates crossed the Virginia border to invade Maryland, the resulting battle at Antietam on 17 September provided the critical victory the Union needed. It crushed the Confederate hopes of British intervention and allowed Abraham Lincoln to deliver the Emancipation Proclamation to end slavery - changing the war for reunion into a fight for freedom.
But it was also the bloodiest single day in American history, as more then 6,000 soldiers lost their lives between Antietam Creek and the Potomac River. In this book, James M McPherson gives a compelling account of this pivotal battle, the events that led up to it and its aftermath.