By Norman S. Stevens
Osprey's exam of the conflict of Antietam, which used to be one of many serious battles of the yank Civil conflict (1861-1865). The fortunes of the South have been using excessive after the resounding victory at moment Manassas. whereas Bragg and Kirby Smith invaded Kentucky, Lee's invasion of Maryland used to be meant to take care of the Southern offensive momentum and to win the popularity of the eu powers. yet his daring plan used to be compromised - and on the Antietam River the military of Northern Virginia was once battling for its very existence. This identify examines the build-up to Hooker's assault, and info the recognized clashes at Bloody Lane and Burnside Bridge.
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