- Sep 24, 2005--- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, nickrelee@a... wrote:
> I found the article, you were kinda sly in not mentioning that it
> that wrote that article. I was wondering your opinion of a coupleof books not
> mentioned in your article.Palmer's is a truly dreadful book. His main thesis is that Robert E.
> A Matter of Hours by Paul Teetor
> Lee Moves North by Michael Palmer
> North with Lee and Jackson by James Kegel
Lee "exceeded his authority" by raiding into the North twice without
the approval of Jefferson Davis, possibly entertaining political
ambitions of his own. Palmer conveniently ignores the fact that Davis
*was* consulted both times, and that both raids had Davis' approval.
The book is historical revisionism at its absolute worst and
literally not worth the paper it's printed on.
On the other hand, Kegel's book is *excellent* (one of my favorites,
in fact), containing extensive footnotes and lots of interesting
minutiae. It's not strictly an "Antietam" book, though, but it does
show the "flow" of the early war period (how each battle was actually
an outgrowth of its predecessor).
Just my $0.02
-- Steve Lopez
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