Having just joined the group, I realize I'm coming into this
discussion a tad late (so please forgive).
For anyone interested in a broad study of the entire campaign at the
operational level, I'd recommend Harsh as a good first start.
If the tactical mechanics of Antietam itself are more your concern,
I'd recommend either Murfin or Sears.
Mike Priest's books contain a good deal of "color" from soldiers in
the ranks; his "big picture" can be a bit difficult to follow if you
are not already well versed on the basics of the battle.
The Ezra Carman manuscript is incredibly detailed (imagine Sears or
Murfin, but on a regimental level-focus instead of brigade or
division). Wonderful for later study, but not a place I would
recommend someone to start their investigation. (It's similar in
that regard to Bigelow's "Campaign of Chancellorsville," if you are
familiar with that massive study.)
As for maps, Murfin's are quite good, and are baszed off of the
original Carman Atlas of Antietam. It's long out of print, but the
Library of Congress was recently scanned it in in its entirety as
part of its "American Memory" digital archive. I don;t have the link
to hand -- I'm writing this from the road-- but if you search Carman
and Antietam in American Memory, you'll get teh link for the Atlas.
Best of all, the map reading software--which you can download for
free--allows you to zoom as tight as you might want in crystal clear
-- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com
, "G E Mayers" <gerry1952@...>
> Dear Stephen,
> Your point about Harsh is definitely well taken.
> However, Sears' maps are not as good as those in Murfin's Gleam
> of Bayonets.
> Yr. Obt. Svt.
> G E "Gerry" Mayers
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> From: "Phen62" <phen@...>
> To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
> Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2007 10:18 PM
> Subject: [TalkAntietam] Re: Question
> Having read Sears, as much as Priet as I could wade through, and
> Harsh, I favor Harsh. I think if you are going to read Harsh it
> helpful to Read Confederate Tide Rising as well as Taken at the
> I believe he meant them to be one work. Of all the books
> Sears has by far the best maps, not a small consideration.