The Gleam of Bayonets: The Battle of Antietam and Robert E. Lee's Maryland Campaign, September 1862

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The Gleam of Bayonets One of the bloodiest days in American military history, the Battle of Antietam turned the tide of the Civil War in favor of the North and delivered the first major defeat to Robert E. Lee's army. In The Gleam of Bayonets, James V. Murfin gives a compelling account of the events and personalities involved in this momentous battle. The gentleness and patience of Lincoln, the vacillations of McClella... Full description

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An examination in detail of the first and most important Confederate invasion of the North. . . . A model of its kind.--The New Yorker

The Gleam of Bayonets was the first book I ever read on the Maryland campaign of 1862 and the battle of Antietam, and it remains one of the best. I find myself going back to it time and again for information on the political and diplomatic context of the campaign as well as the military strategy and tactics. The reissue of this splendid book will make it available to a new generation of readers.--James M. McPherson, author of Crossroad of Freedom: Antietam

Although nearly forty years have passed since Murfin's tour de force on the Maryland Campaigns that climaxed at Antietam first appeared, his conclusions and graceful narrative style continue to command attention.--Edwin Bearss, chief historian emeritus, National Park Service

A thorough and beautifully written account of the most decisive battle of the Civil War.--Dennis E. Frye, former chief historian at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and associate producer of Gods and Generals

Murfin's The Gleam of Bayonets has stood the test of time. It was a groundbreaking study when it was first published [in 1965]. It remains one of a few essential volumes on the Maryland Campaign and the Battle of Antietam. I use it frequently in my work and regard it as one of the classic Civil War campaign and battle books.--Ted Alexander, Antietam National Battlefield

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One of the bloodies days in American military history the Battle of Antietam turned, the title of the Civil War in favor of the North and delivered the first major defeat to Robert E. Lee's army. In The Gleam of Bayonets, James V. Murfin gives a compelling account of the events and personalities involved in this momentous battle. The gentleness and patience of Lincoln, the vaciliations of McClellan, and the grandour of Lee - all unfold before the reader. The battle itself is presented with precision and scope as Murfin blends together atmosphere and fact, emotions and tactics, into a dramatic and coherent whole.

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