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Before Antietam: The Battle for South Mountain. Priest has admirably fulfilled the goal of his book Antietam by giving us a vivid portrait of the individuals who fought at Antietam, their combat, heroism, and death

Before Antietam: The Battle for South Mountain. Priest has admirably fulfilled the goal of his book Antietam by giving us a vivid portrait of the individuals who fought at Antietam, their combat, heroism, and death. No one who wants to know more about Civil War combat and the enlisted man can afford to miss this new study.

He presents the fighting through the eyes of the Northern and Southern soldiers and it is done is such an easy manner that the narrative flows along quite well. The only criticism I have of the book itself is the standard of the maps

Ships from and sold by HighBrowBooks. John Michael Priest " Antietam: The Soldier's Battle" is like deja vu. The Minnie balls are fast and thick and the double canister cut down your men. Of the 226 men you led into the cornfield (1st Texas) that warm day of 17th of Sept 1862, only 40 men came out. This book reads just like you were there. AWESOME and highly reccomended.

But in Antietam: The Soldiers' Battle, historian John Michael Priest tells .

But in Antietam: The Soldiers' Battle, historian John Michael Priest tells this brutal tale of slaughter from an entirely new point of view: that of the common enlisted ma. Antietam is not a book about generals and their grand strategies, but rather concerns men such as the Pennsylvanian corporal who lied to receive the Medal of Honor; the Virginian who lay unattended on the battlefield through most of the second day of fighting, his arm shattered from a Union artillery shell; the Confederate surgeon who wrote to the sweetheart he left behind.

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oceedings{Priest1992BeforeAT, title {Before Antietam: The Battle for South Mountain}, author {John Michael Priest}, year {1992} }. John Michael Priest. The dates of 16-18 September 1862 mark the bloodiest battle in the American Civil War: Antietam. This book offers a tactical exploration of the Maryland campaign and the Battles of South Mountain, describing the decisive events leading up to the battle

Priest, John M. Before Antietam: The Battle for South Mountain. Cavanaugh, Michael . and William Marvel, The Petersburg Campaign: The Battle of the Crater: "The Horrid Pit," June 25 - August 6, 1864.

Priest, John M. Shippensburg, Pennsylvania: White Mane Publishing C. 1992. Rafuse, Ethan S. Antietam, South Mountain & Harpers Ferry: A Battlefield Guide. Lincoln, Nebraska: Bison Books, 2008. Sears, Stephen W. Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam. Lynchburg, Virginia: . Chase, J. J. The Charge at Day–Break: Scenes and Incidents at the Battle of the Mine Explosion.

My intention with The Battle of South Mountain was to present a succinct.

Civil War Trust: John, your new book, The Battle of South Mountain, is a welcome addition for those who want to learn more about this important 1862 battle. Indeed, despite the tens of thousands of Civil War-related titles to have hit the shelves since the cessation of hostilities, only two focus specifically on South Mountain: John Priest’s Before Antietam and Tim Reese’s excellent study of the fighting at Crampton’s Gap titled Sealed With Their Lives, both of which are out of print.

Civil War buffs and scholars quickly recognize the dates of September 16-18, 1862 as the period marking the bloodiest battle of the entire campaign--Antietam. But until now, the ten days prior to that event have remained in relative obscurity. In Before Antietem, John Michael Priest offers the first book-length, tactical exploration of the Maryland campaign and the Battles of South Mountain, describing the decisive events leading up to the famous battle and elevating them from mere footnote status to a matter of military record. Chronicling Robert E. Lee's turnabout from defensive maneuvres to full scale Confederate invasion into Maryland, Priest demonstrates how this tactical change brought about a series of engagements near Sharpsburg, Maryland that came to be known as "The Battle of South Mountain" in which the Federal and Confederate forces struggled fiercely over Union territory. It was here that George B. McClellan, the new Northern commander, led his Army of the Potomac to its first victory over Lee in a furious action that produced one of the war's few successful bayonet charges. Written from the perspective of the front line combatants (and civilian observers), the book recounts the Confederate invasion and the Federal pursuit into Sharpsburg that set the stage for Antietam. From September 5-15, a total of twenty-five skirmishes and three pitched battles were fought. Priest provides graphic descriptions of the terrible conditions surrounding these events and so thoroughly enters into the common soldier's viewpoint that military history quickly gives way to gritty realism. He vividly shows that, had Robert E. Lee not been bested at the gaps along South Mountain, there would have been no Antietam. Lee's decision to make a stand along Antietam Creek was a point of pride--he had never been "whipped" before and would not return to Virginia defeated. That decision was a fateful one, since the sparring and fighting drove him into an untenable position that became his downfall. Priest's revealing narrative establishes that, at this stage of the Civil War, the Federal cavalry was better equipped and just as well trained as the Confederate cavalry thereby settling a point of debate among historians. Scholars and Civil War buffs alike will applaud the efforts of John Michael Priest in bringing us the means to view those devastating encounters from a true military perspective.

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I bought this book as part of my research on other history from the area covered. An admitted shortcut on my part, but I was really only seeking the timeline for the battle(s). I was not only pleased, I was delighted at the detail. I've lived among it and casually studied these events all my life, but Mr. Priest's research and documentation of the events is truly incredible. Not a simple who was where when, but a step back into the actual days of this incredible and often overlooked action. A glimpse into the lives of those involved that leaves you with a haunting respect for who survived, who died and those who were responsible for sending all of them where that individual act happened as an eyeblink in the larger scheme of things. Thank you John Priest.
Noted Civil War Historian and author John M. Priest has written an excellent book titled "Before Antietam: The Battle for South Mountain". The author based the book on the letters, diaries, and personal memoirs of the soldiers in the battle. This battle in September of 1862 occured when the Army of Northern Virginia invaded Maryland when General Robert E. Lee wanted to divert federal troops (Army of the Potomac) away from the Confederate Capital of RIchmond, Virginia. The area of South Mountain is part of the Blue Ridge Mountain Range of Maryland and Pennsylvania. It begins at the Potomac RIver and increases in height and width as it goes northward. It is not a "good area" for battles, yet the battle occured in September 1862. When General Lee's "Special Orders No. 191" were captured by a Union corporal and a 1st Sergeant they were quickly passed to the Army of The Potomac's leading General Geroge McClellan. He believed it was a great stroke of luck and inspired him to make a quick move (unlike his prior performance as leader of the Army of The Potomac) and march towards South Mountain. But as usual "Little Mac" made some great mistakes. He overestimated the number of troops the Army of Northern Virginia (ANV) had, and as a result he went back to his overlay cautious nature and postponed encountering the ANV. Secondly, the Union commanders made no moves to hide their army's presence. Thus the ANV knew the Union army was on the move to meet and battle them. The author then tells the history of the battle where overwhelming numbers of Union troops battled savagely with the ANV and the fighting turned into hand-to-hand combat with bayonets and clubbed muskets. Two generals (CSA and USA) would be killed, Union General Jesse Reno and Confederate General Samuel Garland. Two future US Presidents would be in the battle were Rutherford B. Hayes who was severly wounded in the battle, and William MCkinley.
This battle was a Union victory, and would set up the major battle of Antietam days later. Mr. Priest noted that General Robert E. Lee would comment that he would not go back to Virginia unless he had a battle victory. Interestingly, the Battle of South Mountain was not a Confederate victory nor was the Battle of Antietam. However, because of South Mountain and Antietam, General Lee's life would be turned into legend and his reputation as a battle commander would be turned into glory for him and the ANV.
This is an excellent book about the early major battle in the eastern theatre of the Civil War. Mr. Priest does an outstanding job of reseaching personal diaries of the battle from the soldiers and instead of giving the mundane, technical analysis of the battle (which many Civil War authors have a habit of doing) he gives the soldiers and officers point of view and history of the battle which inturn makes this a very interesting read! This is a HIGHLY recommended book that is a must have for anyone interested in the early battles of the Civil War, the ANV, and the Army of the Potomac!
As with his other books, very detailed personal accounts and numerous maps. His maps in this book could have been clearer as in his other books but still were very helpful to following the various individual battles comprising the Battle of South Mountain. As I have said in other reviews of Mr. Priest's books, I have bought his entire Civil War set because of his excellent research and attention to detail and personal stories woven into the narrative.
Priest presents an interesting, if incredibly myopic, view of the Battle of South Mountain. Rich in personal accounts and drama it is woefully lacking in strategic context. To a great extent the concentration on the experience of participants, often of low rank, robs the narrative of a purpose. He does a great job of portraying the violence and chaos but leaves one scratching one's head as to how this battle fits into the Maryland Campaign of 1862 or much else.

As a warning to the reader, there are lots of maps. They all stink. At least one of them is misoriented by 90 degrees. Non standard map symbols lessen rather than increase one's understanding of the battle. They all appear to have been drawn by crayon. I say again, the maps stink.

I'd encourage anyone reading this to read an overview of the campaign first.
The writing focuses on the historical details of the forgotten battle of South Mountain. Maps and diagrams are excellent. I thought it failed to draw out the major characters and examine their motivations.
This is a crazy good book as are ALL of John Michael Priest's books. I am a huge fan of his work.
Wonderful book written by a great historian! Priest is beyond belief with his knowledge of Lee's invasion of Maryland.
Before Antietam: The Battle for South Mountain download epub
Author: John Michael Priest
ISBN: 0195107128
Category: Other
Subcategory: Humanities
Language: English
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (November 21, 1996)
Pages: 464 pages