By the late summer of 1862, it appeared as though the United States would be permanently split in two, and by the beginning of September, General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia was on the doorstep of Washington, D.C. Panicked and defeated Federal soldiers huddled behind the capital’s defenses. Rather than attacking the city, Lee turned his attention north into Maryland, seeking a decisive battlefield victory to influence public opinion at home and diplomatic opinion overseas. Major General George B. McClellan led the reorganized Army of the Potomac into the state to meet Lee.
Over a span of 18 days, the two armies fought four significant battles, including the climactic engagement along Antietam Creek outside Sharpsburg on September 17, 1862. The battle there still holds the distinction as the bloodiest single day in American military history. Forced from Maryland, Lee withdrew into Virginia, leaving President Abraham Lincoln free to follow up this strategic victory with the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, a measure that changed the nature of the American Civil War.
Copious illustrations and maps paired with a detailed text, this account of the Maryland campaign will have wide appeal.
“With the publication of Such a Clash of Arms, civil war historian Kevin R. Pawlak provides a compendium of illustrations and maps paired with a detailed text. [A] particularly recommended pick…” ~Midwest Book Review
“[A] decent overview of the soldiers and their weapons, strategies, and battles, and zeroes in on some of the details often skipped, like the battles in the gaps, as well as offering ideas about who dropped the orders wrapped around three cigars.” ~Historical Miniatures Gaming Society
“This superb Casemate Illustrated volume provides a fully illustrated book depicting the campaign history of this critical turning point of our Civil War. Kevin’s eloquence shines in this presentation of Such a Clash of Arms, the Maryland campaign in September 1862.” ~Argunners.com