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Surname 1 Name Course Tutor Date Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam Introduction The battle of Antietam that took place on September 17, 1862, was the most brutal single day in the history of the United States. Over six thousand soldiers were reportedly killed on this day. Before that day, the survival of America seemed uncertain. The union had endured numerous defeats at the hands of their rivals. However, a victory led by Robert Lee was the beginning of a new era for America (Greene 2). Body The book “ Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam” succeeds in clearly exposing underlying and frequently tragic issues of the historic tale. It is known that the Union War effort was not in the right track towards the end of 1862, more so, in the renowned eastern theater. This was the reason why incompetent and insignificant persons like Nathaniel banks and John Pope were swiftly driven into oblivion by the virtuosity and boldness of Lee and Jackson. This is what gave the South something to be proud of at a time when they were made to believe they were inferior. Prior to Antietam, the South had made conquests at second Manassas and Shenandoah Valley, thus, succeeding in reversing McClellan’s invasion of Virginia. While this was happening, the
Surname 2 North were also making some remarkable progress in the west. However, their slow pace of reaction made them throwaway opportunities up until 1864. This is when Ulysses eventually took up full control (Whittemore 3). McClellan was successful in developing a practical army from a dispersed collection of troops (McPherson 13). However, he was not successful in binding and utilizing that army to its full potential. He later battled it out with Lee in Virginia all through the Peninsular Campaign.

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