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Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam

Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam
Autor: Stephen W. Sears
Data publikacji: 2003-12
ISBN: 9780618344192
Wydawca: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 15.2 x 2.7 x 22.9 cm
Oprawa: miękka
Liczba stron: 470
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Opis produktu:

The Civil War battle waged on September 17, 1862, at Antietam Creek, Maryland, was one of the bloodiest in the nation's history: on this single day, the war claimed nearly 23,000 casualties. Here renowned historian Stephen Sears draws on a remarkable cache of diaries, dispatches, and letters to recreate the vivid drama of Antietam as experienced not only by its leaders but also by its soldiers, both Union and Confederate, to produce what the New York Times Book Review has called "the best account of the Battle of Antietam

This is a splendid analysis of a pivotal battle of the early Civil War, in which two great and relatively green armies have at one another in a battle which contains the bloodiest single day in American military history. Sears does a fine job of explaining to the reader why this battle had vast strategic as well as military significance. Britain and France were on the verge of intervening on the Confederate side, because their textile industries were screaming for cotton (Southern cotton was blockaded by the Union Navy) and accordingly their textile workers were screaming for jobs. (This is language that politicians understood well, then as now.) President Lincoln thoroughly understood the dynamics of this risk, realized that once these foreign powers intervened that the Union cause was almost certainly lost. He prepared the Emancipation Proclamation, which Sears shows to have been a political masterstroke. It made it politically impossible for any Great Power to support the South and slavery against the Union and abolition.

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