Crossroads of Freedom
Antietam New edition
By (author) James M. McPherson
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Crossroads of Freedom by James M. McPherson
Book DescriptionThe Battle of Antietam, fought on September 17, 1862, was the bloodiest single day in American history, with more than 6,000 soldiers killed--four times the number lost on D-Day, and twice the number killed in the September 11th terrorist attacks. In Crossroads of Freedom, America's most eminent Civil War historian, James M. McPherson, paints a masterful account of this pivotal battle, the events that led up to it, and its aftermath. As McPherson shows, by September 1862 the survival of the United States was in doubt. The Union had suffered a string of defeats, and Robert E. Lee's army was in Maryland, poised to threaten Washington. The British government was openly talking of recognizing the Confederacy and brokering a peace between North and South. Northern armies and voters were demoralized. And Lincoln had shelved his proposed edict of emancipation months before, waiting for a victory that had not come--that some thought would never come. Both Confederate and Union troops knew the war was at a crossroads, that they were marching toward a decisive battle. It came along the ridges and in the woods and cornfields between Antietam Creek and the Potomac River. Valor, misjudgment, an
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195173307
(226mm x 143mm x 19mm)
Imprint: OUP Australia and New Zealand
Publisher: Oxford University Press Australia
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2004
Country of Publication: Australia
Books By Author James M. McPherson
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War on the Waters, Paperback (February 2015)
War on the Waters: The Union and Confederate Navies, 1861-1865
Struggle for Equality, Paperback (October 2014)» View all books by James M. McPherson
"With a new preface by the author"--Cover.
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Author Biography - James M. McPherson
James M. McPherson is the George Henry Davis '86 Professor of History at Princeton University. America's leading historian of the Civil War, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Battle Cry of Freedom, which was a New York Times best seller, and he won the Lincoln Prize for For Cause and Comrades.
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