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Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam…

Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam (1983)

by Stephen W. Sears

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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 battle claimed nearly 23,000 casualties. In Landscape Turned Red, the 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. Combining brilliant military analysis with narrative history of enormous power, Landscape Turned Red is the definitive work on this climactic and bitter struggle.… (more)

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Incredible detail...a pretty good read ( )
  ibkennedy | Sep 15, 2019 |
Absolutely amazing! The author does a fantastic job of covering an immense amount of detail in such a beautiful way that it does not feel as though you are being pounded by an endless stream of facts and dates. This work most assuredly ranks among my favorite American Civil War books and is probably the best one I have come across that covers just one battle. If you are wanting to learn more about arguably the most important battle in the Civil War and therefore in American history, I highly recommend "Landscape Turned Red" by Stephen W. Sears. ( )
  Zissou54 | Apr 27, 2014 |
A careful review of the actions at the Battle of Antietam and the errors costing thousands of lives reviewed. One of the definitive books on one of the deciding battles of the Civil War. 4 stars ( )
  oldman | Feb 2, 2014 |
For me, the US Civil War's real turning point comes directly after the Second Battle of Bull Run, when Robert E. Lee becomes convinced that a direct assault on Washington D.C. would be beyond the capacity of the Army of Northern Virginia. Mr. Sears has an excellent account of the events of the two weeks following that revelation. Lee veers away to force a panicked offer of peace and the bloodiest day of US Military history follows. All the dramatic events are revealed and controversies are pointed out in this book. The text is well written but the maps in the paperback that I read were several shades of grey, and not pleasant to consult. There's an order of battle, and many points are footnoted.
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  DinadansFriend | Nov 23, 2013 |
I have read a couple of other accounts of Civil War battles by Sears, and they are always extremely detailed. The battle of Antietam was especially complicated with a lot of action passing back and forth over the field and with simultaneous action in different parts of the field. This account may provide too much tedious detail for the casual reader, but for the advanced student of Civil War history who wants to dig deeper into the details of this battle, this book will serve well. ( )
  proflinton | Jul 17, 2013 |
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Of all the days on all the fields where American soldiers have fought, the most terrible by almost any measure was September 17, 1862.
Charles Francis Adams, Jr., first lieutenant in the 1st Massachusetts cavalry, grandson and great-grandson of presidents, was in Washington to take the national pulse.
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