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1041Re: [TalkAntietam] James M. McPherson's Antietam

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  • David Lutton
    Oct 22 3:49 PM
      I don't believe McPherson's goal was to give another "history" of the
      battle. Rather than to emphasize its effect as an important turning point
      of American history.
      I was present at his discussion/book signing at the visitor center in Sept.
      History and writing about historical events I believe periodically takes a
      decidedly revisionist turn. For me it was refreshing to hear someone to give
      a talk on the period using basically contemporary sources. And his
      conclusions, that, yes, Mac was a poor field commander, that the results of
      the battle did indeed postpone possible foreign intervention and that the
      release of the Emancipation Proclamation was an important new statement in
      regards to the moral and political goals for the Union were well argued.

      I enjoyed the talk and the book.

      David Lutton
      Hollidaysburg Pa
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: John Furey <antietam@...>
      To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Tuesday, October 22, 2002 2:55 PM
      Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] James M. McPherson's Antietam

      > James and all
      > For all of you who I have met or know, it is no secret that I am A Hood's
      > Texas Brigade fan, in particular the 1st Texas.
      > For an historian of his "stature" to not identify LTC. Philip A. Work as
      > commander of the 1st Texas is inexcusable.(pg.119).
      > When it comes to Antietam, i'll stick with Harsh and Clemans.
      > best,
      > John
      > > I read this last week and would like other member's thoughts on the
      > > book. I found it to be a very interesting review of the war up to
      > > September 1862 but to have skipped over the battle. It might be the
      > > title lead me to expect a book on the battle. I din't find any new
      > > information or insights in this book.
      > >
      > > I did enjoy it and it is an easy read. At about $25 it is worth the
      > > money.
      > >
      > > James
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
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