Crossroads of Freedom

Author(s): James M. McPherson
Genre: History
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (5.80 hours)
Product Number: Z01396
Released: Mar 28, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781461813828
Narrator/s: Nelson Runger
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The Battle of Antietam, fought on September 17, 1862, was the bloodiest single day in American history, with more than 6,000 soldiers killed--four times the number lost on D-Day, and twice the number killed in the September 11th terrorist attacks. In Crossroads of Freedom, America's most eminent Civil War historian, James M. McPherson, paints a masterful account of this pivotal battle, the events that led up to it, and its aftermath. As McPherson shows, by September 1862 the survival of the United States was in doubt. The Union had suffered a string of defeats, and Robert E. Lee's army was in Maryland, poised to threaten Washington. The British government was openly talking of recognizing the Confederacy and brokering a peace between North and South. Northern armies and voters were demoralized. And Lincoln had shelved his proposed edict of emancipation months before, waiting for a victory that had not come--that some thought would never come. Both Confederate and Union troops knew the war was at a crossroads, that they were marching toward a decisive battle. It came along the ridges and in the woods and cornfields between Antietam Creek and the Potomac River. Valor, misjudgment, and astonishing coincidence all played a role in the outcome. McPherson vividly describes a day of savage fighting in locales that became forever famous--The Cornfield, the Dunkard Church, the West Woods, and Bloody Lane. Lee's battered army escaped to fight another day, but Antietam was a critical victory for the Union. It restored morale in the North and kept Lincoln's party in control of Congress. It crushed Confederate hopes of British intervention. And it freed Lincoln to deliver the Emancipation Proclamation, which instantly changed the character of the war. McPherson brilliantly weaves these strands of diplomatic, political, and military history into a compact, swift-moving narrative that shows why America's bloodiest day is, indeed, a turning point in our history.


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Crossroads of Freedom
Product Number: BX00001647
Product Number:Z01396
Product Number:C3248

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Author(s): James M. McPherson
Narrator(s): Nelson Runger
Genre: History
Product Number C3248
Released: Mar 16, 2005
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781419332425

Professional reviews

"This short book examines the events leading up to the Battle of Antietam, as well as the battle's consequences for the North and the South, and the emancipation of the slaves. McPherson argues that Antietam was both a Union victory and a defeat because of the failure to pursue a crippled and retreating foe. Nonetheless, he identifies Antietam as the turning point in the Civil War. Nelson Runger gives an eloquent, expressive reading. His authoritative and confident voice makes listeners feel they're getting the straight facts from an expert. An involving listen. R.E.K. (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine"

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