The Tale Untwisted

General George B. McClellan, the Maryland Campaign, and the Discovery of Lee’s Lost Orders

Gene M. Thorp, Alexander B. Rossino

The discovery of Robert E. Lee's Special Orders No. 191 outside of Frederick, Maryland, on September 13, 1862, is one of the most important and hotly disputed events of the American Civil War. This work proposes a rich, new interpretation of the fate and impact of the Lost Orders on the history of the 1862 Maryland Campaign.
Date Published :
January 2023
Publisher :
Savas Beatie
Language:
English
Illustration :
13 images, 17 maps
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781611216226
Pages : 192
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Overview
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The discovery of Robert E. Lee’s Special Orders No. 191 outside of Frederick, Maryland, on September 13, 1862, is one of the most important and hotly disputed events of the American Civil War. For more than 150 years, historians have debated if George McClellan, commander of the Union Army of the Potomac, dawdled after receiving a copy of the orders before warily advancing to challenge Lee’s forces atop South Mountain.

In The Tale Untwisted, authors Gene Thorp and Alexander Rossino document in exhaustive fashion how “Little Mac” in fact moved with uncharacteristic energy to counter the Confederate threat and take advantage of Lee’s divided forces, seizing the initiative and striking a blow in the process that wrecked Lee’s plans and sent his army reeling back toward Virginia.

This study is a beautifully woven tour de force of primary research that may well be the final word on the debate over the fate and impact of the Lost Orders on the history of the 1862 Maryland Campaign.

About The Author
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Gene M. Thorp is an award-winning cartographer and writer who worked at The Washington Post for 15 years. His freelance maps can be found in numerous books on the New York Times bestseller list and throughout major museums and parks. Gene currently works at the U.S. Department of State.

Alexander B. Rossino, PhD, is an award-winning scholar living in Maryland. He is the author of numerous articles and several books, including Their Maryland: The Army of Northern Virginia from the Potomac Crossing to Sharpsburg in September 1862 (Savas Beatie, 2021).

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