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
McClellan, and the grandeur 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. Originally published in 1965, The
Gleam of Bayonets is now recognized as a classic and the standard
against which all books on Antietam are measured.
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