Tag Archives: Antietam

First Cousin, Once Removed: Edwin Gray Lee

This is the third installment of the “Tales from the Tombstone” series  His grandfather  was Edmund Jennings Lee, Sr. a brother of “Light Horse Harry” Lee. Hisfather stayed out of politics altogether. With a last name of Lee and a … Continue reading

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“Never forget”–The lesson of Antietam on 9/11

As seems to be my custom on 9/11, my thoughts go back to a different day in a past September: September 17, 1862. As I explained last year, the events of Sept. 11, 2001 and Sept. 17, 1862, have become … Continue reading

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Savas Beatie Author Conclave—Day Three: No “three phases” at Antietam

by Sarah Keeney We had the unique pleasure of meeting with Tom “Mr. Antietam” Clemens outside the Antietam Visitor’s Center on Tuesday, July 30, where Tom gathered us around to set up the three phases of the day’s fighting. That … Continue reading

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Review—The Long Road to Antietam: How the Civil War Became a Revolution

Richard Slotkin. The Long Road to Antietam: How the Civil War Became a Revolution. Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2012. 478 pages, maps, illustrations, notes, bibliography, chronology. ISBN 978-0-87140-411-4. $32.95 Richard Slotkin’s new history on the Antietam Campaign, The Long Road to Antietam, … Continue reading

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Pick number four on my Top 10 List: Mr. Lincoln’s Camera Man: Mathew B. Brady by Roy Meredith.

The last time I visited my mother, I looked in vain for my father’s copy of Mathew Brady’s photographs. I know they were in a book with a blue cloth cover, and that my dad had it for as long … Continue reading

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Pick number three in my Top 10 List: A set of maps

The third book, or books, every Civil War buff needs on the bookshelf is a good set of maps. These are invaluable–nothing less. They give form to the function of a campaign or battle and, depending on your choices, can … Continue reading

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Question of the Week #3

“Which battle was more of a turning point in the war in the east, Antietam or Gettysburg?”

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Antietam, October 3, 1862

The Battle of Antietam took place on September 17, 1862, but sixteen days later bodies, now in a terrible state of putrification, were still lying on the ground. Every battle since Bull Run had increased the number of casualties, and … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s most inelegant writing—and most important

One-hundred and fifty years ago today, President Abraham Lincoln issued his preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. It would go into full effect on January 1, 1863. While Lincoln’s intent was unmistakably noble—and incredibly politically shrewd—the words of the Proclamation appear to be … Continue reading

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The Fallen Generals of Antietam

On September 17, 1862, outside the town of Sharpsburg, Maryland, and along the banks of Antietam Creek, Union and Confederate soldiers fought, bled, and died. That early autumn day is still the bloodiest single day—with 23,000 Americans as casualties—in American … Continue reading

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