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Rafuse, Antietam, South Mountain, and Harpers Ferry

Antietam, South Mountain, and Harpers Ferry is the finest battlefield guide available on these pivotal battles.
In September 1862 the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia and the Union Army of the Potomac conducted one of the truly great campaigns of the Civil War. At South Mountain, Harpers Ferry, and Antietam, North and South clashed in engagements whose magnitude and importance would earn this campaign a distinguished place in American military history. The siege of Harpers Ferry produced the largest surrender of U.S. troops in the nation’s history until World War II, while the day-long battle at Antietam on September 17 still holds the distinction of being the single bloodiest day of combat in American history.
This invaluable book provides a clear, convenient, stop-by-stop guide to the sites in Maryland and West Virginia associated with the Antietam campaign, including excursions to Harpers Ferry and South Mountain. Thorough descriptions and analyses, augmented with vignettes and numerous maps, convey the mechanics as well as the human experience of the campaign, making this book the perfect companion for both serious students of the Civil War and casual visitors to its battlefields.
Ethan S. Rafuse is an associate professor of military history at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He is the author of several books, including McClellan’s War: The Failure of Moderation in the Struggle for the Union, and is the coeditor of The Ongoing Civil War: New Versions of Old Stories.

Praise for Antietam, South Mountain and Harpers Ferry

“Battlefield guidebooks don’t usually provide much in the way of interest for the people who are the best acquainted with those battlefields. But Ethan Rafuse’s contribution to the University of Nebraska Press’ “Hallowed Ground” series, Antietam, South Mountain, and Harpers Ferry, provides nearly as solid and illuminating a narrative of Antietam as one could wish from a free-standing book on the subject.”This will be a wonderful resource to take around the Antietam battlefield for the eight hours Rafuse estimates his tour will take. What is more remarkable is what a resource it is simply to sit and read.”

–Dr. Allen C. Guelzo, Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era and director of Civil War Era Studies at Gettysburg College, Civil War News
“A necessary addition to any Antietam library.”—James Durney, TOCWOC, A Civil War Blog

“I’ve often expressed my admiration for Nebraska’s This Hallowed Ground series of Civil War battlefield guides, and this latest volume by Ethan Rafuse continues the series’s tradition of consistent quality in information and presentation. . . . I would recommend this volume as the best general use touring guide for this campaign.”—Andrew Wagenhoffer, Civil War Books and Authors blog
“Rafuse provides a helpful guidebook dedicated to this single campaign arena. Employing the latest research, he guides the visitor (in person or by armchair) through all the various stops associated with the fighting at South Mountain, Harpers Ferry, and Antietam.”—M. J. Smith Jr., Choice

Antietam, South Mountain, and Harpers Ferry: A Battlefield Guide is a worthy continuation of the University of Nebraska Press series. . . . Meticulous maps as well as detailed sources and recommendations for further reading add to the experience of reading this volume.”—Timothy B. Smith, Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

“A refreshing and original study of America’s bloodiest day that is free of the clichés found in some previous works on this subject. Using original sources and consulting the latest scholarship on Antietam, Rafuse has written a superb battle and campaign study.”—Ted Alexander, chief historian of Antietam National Battlefield