Crossroads of Freedom

Crossroads of Freedom


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Baker & Taylor
Provides a detailed examination of the furious twenty-four-hour battle that had reverberations far away from the battlefield, changing the outcome of the Civil War.

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In a vivid and incisive narrative, the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian delves deeply into the furious twenty-four-hour battle that had reverberations far away from the battlefield, changing the outcome of the Civil War. 100,000 first printing. (Military History)

Oxford University Press
The 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, and astonishing coincidence all played a role in the outcome. McPherson vividly describes a day of savage fighting in locales that became forever famous--The Cornfield, the Dunkard Church, the West Woods, and Bloody Lane. Lee's battered army escaped to fight another day, but Antietam was a critical victory for the Union. It restored morale in the North and kept Lincoln's party in control of Congress. It crushed Confederate hopes of British intervention. And it freed Lincoln to deliver the Emancipation Proclamation, which instantly changed the character of the war.

McPherson brilliantly weaves these strands of diplomatic, political, and military history into a compact, swift-moving narrative that shows why America's bloodiest day is, indeed, a turning point in our history.

Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002
ISBN: 9780195135213
Branch Call Number: 973.733 MCP
Characteristics: xvi, 203 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm


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" ' Wreckage left by Stonewall Jackson's troops after they appropriated and destroyed Union supplies at Manassas Junction, Virginia, on August 27, 1862.' " ' Lutheran Church in Sharpsburg four days after the battle.' " " 'Harper's Ferry.'" Pretty thorough and complete concerning photos of the Confederate dead, a couple of days after the battle ( that the Union won). Was unable to find fotos of Union dead. Before this battle, Johnny Reb was quite confident, things were shaping up quite nicely overseas, they were seeking assistance from Britain and France. After the costly defeat for the South, Lincoln wrote his Emancipation Proclamation, and although it did not achieve universal approbation, at first; eventually, it was accepted, and became the ostensible law of the land. And, Britain and France and Russia cooled on the idea of offering assistance to the Confederate side. Be not it thought that the course of the war from herein was a steady slow slide into defeat for the Southerners: they were actually to make a comeback, only to fall back again, unable to cope with the North's superiority in materiel and manpower. To hear liberals of today tell it, God was on the side of the blue-clads. And it was pre-ordained that the forces of abolition, righteous as they were, should eventually prevail. But this is propaganda, manifesting in the venue of history: Not all northerners were committed to the cause of abolition of slavery; this only gradually became identified with the Union side. Similarly, remembering not as far back as the Civil War, during World War 2, the Japanese were considered to be evil, almost as different from Americans as space-aliens. Who thinks this way now? // When was the last time YOU had a Japanese family over for dinner, or vice-versa? Don't let the liberal-despots-of-the-mind rewrite your present-day reality for you, nor the history of what actually went down. The only way we can maintain our freedom is to resist SynchThink, wherever and whenever we must/can. Perhaps freedom can actually flourish, if we try.


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