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A Fierce Glory: Antietam--The Desperate Battle That Saved Lincoln and Doomed Slavery

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From an acclaimed author and historian, the dramatic, character-rich story of Antietam--the high-stakes battle Lincoln needed to win to save the Union and free the slaves

September 17, 1862, was America's bloodiest day. When it ended, 3,654 soldiers lay dead on the land surrounding Antietam Creek in Western Maryland. The battle fought there was as deadly as the stakes were
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 11th 2018 by Da Capo Press
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Bonnye Reed
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
GNab Fierce Glory covers one battle - Antietam beginning on September, 17, 1862. Unlike a number of books covering this three day battle, this one stands alone. The step by step actions and movements of the troops have been well covered by many authors. Justin Martin chooses to tackle this historical battle from the aspects of General George McClellan commanding the Union Troops, General Robert Lee guiding the Confederate Troops, and the actions and reactions of Abraham Lincoln as he absorbs the ...more
Craig Pearson
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. The Battle of Antietam was the bloodiest battle ever on American soil. I was hoping for a greater development of the background story leading to the battle. The author has primarily spent the majority of his thesis tying the battle to the Emancipation Proclamation issued as a result of the tactical but bloody Union victory. This battle occurred just a few days after Second Bull Run and Lee invaded the North with the thought ...more
Luna Bookish
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Having lived in the U.S. I have been hearing about this battle from a young age and how it is the bloodiest of our history. Even moving on to University I learned even more and I though I had a very good grasp on the events of this battle. I am happy to say that this novel has shed some fresh light ton aspects of the battle I did not previously know or fully understand. Martin has done a great job in creating this unique and very well informed account.

One thing I look at while readin
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Martin
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was a delightful surprise. I am far from a Civil War buff and have read very little on the subject. The author summarized his extensive research in such a way that the battle and its participants came alive. His descriptions of the personalities of the generals and President Lincoln were both incisive and helped me follow their actions in an incisive manner.

I realize that there are probably many other books written about Antietam but this is the one that you should read because the au
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Suzanne Schafer
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! The author creates a fascinating story of the day of battle with each hour unfolding with the ever changing strategy of the military units and their commanders. The research that went into this book is astounding.
Cristie Underwood
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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The author did extensive research on a battle that many have never heard of and wrote this book highlighting the significance of the Battle of Antietam. This is one of the best books that I have read about Lincoln and this time period, as there were a lot of facts I had not heard before.
Bevan
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fast-paced account of the crucial battle of the Civil War. A great read, and vastly informative.
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Lenora Robinson
I love stories about Lincoln and this is one of the better ones I have read. It is full of interesting facts and interested points of view. Another look at the history that held my attention from beginning to end.
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Wow!! This was one of the best history books I have ever read!!!! Very informative and helpful. I will admit I had not read many books about Antietam but I was blown away by this one. The author did his homework and research. This was well thought out in my honest opinion. The different POVs that were written about have given me different perspectives that I may not have considered otherwise. All in all, a great read
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My latest is A Fierce Glory, out in September (Da Capo Press). It's a group biography treatment of Antietam, the Civil War's pivotal battle, still America's single bloodiest day. The rich cast includes: Robert E. Lee, pioneering war photographer Alexander Gardner, and Jonathan Letterman, the father of battlefield medicine. Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation are woven into my account far mor ...more